Scott's Lady of the Lake

Scott's Lady of the Lake

by Walter Scott
     
 

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Scott's Lady of the Lake

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Scott's Lady of the Lake

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ISBN-13:
9781533392411
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
05/22/2016
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

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THE LADY OF THE LAKE CANTO FIRST THE CHASE Harp of the North! that mouldering long hast hung On the witch-elm that shades Saint Fillan's spring, And down the fitful breeze thy numbers flung, Till envious ivy did around thee cling, Muffling with verdant ringlet every string,— O Minstrel Harp, still must thine accents sleep? Mid rustling leaves and fountains murmuring, Still must thy sweeter sounds their silence keep, Nor bid a warrior smile, nor teach a maid to weep? Not thus, in ancient days of Caledon, 10 Was thy voice mute amid the festal crowd, When lay of hopeless love, or glory won, Aroused the fearful or subdued the proud. At each according pause was heard aloud Thine ardent symphony sublime and high! Fair dames and crested chiefs attention bowed; For still the burden of thy minstrelsy Was Knighthood's dauntless deed, and Beauty's matchless eye. O, wake once more! how rude soe'er the hand That ventures o'er thy magic maze to stray. 20 O, wake once more! though scarce my skill commaryi Some feeble echoing of thine earlier lay. Though harsh and faint, and soon to die away, And all unworthy of thy nobler strain, Yet if one heart throb higher at its sway, The wizard note has not been touched in vain. Then silent be no more! Enchantress, wake again! The stag at eve had drunk his fill, Where danced the moon on Monan's rill, And deep his midnight lair had made 30 In lone Glenartney's hazel shade; But when the sun his beacon red Had kindled on Benvoirlich's head, The deep-mouthed bloodhound's heavy bay Resounded up the rocky way, And faint, from farther distance borne, Were heard the clanging hoof and horn. As Chief who hears his warder call, 'To arms! the foemen storm thewall,' The ...

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