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The Lady of the Lake By Walter Scott Characters: 711

Updated: 2017-12-01 00:03

"Blithe were it then to wander here!

But now-beshrew yon nimble deer-

Like that same hermit's, thin and spare,

The copse must give my evening fare;

305 Some mossy bank my couch must be,

Some rustling oak my canopy.

Yet pass we that; the war and chase

Give little choice of resting-place-

A summer night, in greenwood spent,

310 W

ere but tomorrow's merriment:

But hosts may in these wilds abound,

Such as are better missed than found;

To meet with Highland plunderers here,note

Were worse than loss of steed or deer.

315 I am alone; my bugle-strain

May call some straggler of the train;

Or, fall the worst that may betide,

Ere now this falchion has been tried."

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