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The Lady of the Lake By Walter Scott Characters: 940

Updated: 2017-12-01 00:03


And now, to issue from the glen,

255 No pathway meets the wanderer's ken,

Unless he climb, with footing nice,note

A far projecting precipice.

The broom's tough roots his ladder made,

The hazel saplings lent their aid;

260 And thus an airy point he won,

Where, gleaming with the setting sun,

One burnished sheet of living gold,

Loch Katrine lay beneath him rolled,

In all her length far winding lay,

265 With promontory, creek, and bay,

And island that, empurpled bright,

Floated amid the livelier light,

And mountains, that like giants stand,

To sentinel enchanted land.

270 High on the south, huge Benvenue

Down on the lake in masses threw

Crags, knolls, and mounds, confusedly hurled,

The fragments of an earlier world;

A wildering forest feathered o'er

275 His ruined sides and summit hoar,

While on the north, through middle air,

Ben-an heaved high his forehead bare.

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