Definition of clangour:
In his letter to the author, acknowledging the receipt of his book, Burns says, " I own, sir, at first glance, several of your propositions startle me as paradoxical: that the martial clangour of a trumpet had something in it vastly more grand, heroic, and sublime than the twingle- twangle of a Jew's- harp; that the delicate flexure of a rose- twig, when the half- blown flower is heavy with the tears of the dawn, was infinitely more beautiful and elegant than the upright stub of a burdock; and that from something innate and independent of all association of ideas- these I had set down as irrefragable orthodox truths until perusing your book shook my faith."- "Robert Burns", Principal Shairp.
This war- worn veteran, being now infirm with age and wounds, and weary of the turmoil of a military life, and of the roll of the drum and the clangour of the trumpet, that had so long been ringing in his ears, had lately signified a purpose of returning to his native valley hoping to find repose where he remembered to have left it.- "Famous Stories Every Child Should Know", Various.
- "The Poems of William Watson", William Watson.