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The Lady of the Lake By Walter Scott Characters: 850

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On his bold visage middle age

410 Had slightly pressed its signet sage,

Yet had not quenched the open truth

And fiery vehemence of youth;

Forward and frolic glee was there,

The will to do, the soul to dare,

415 The sparkling glance, soon blown to fire,

Of hasty love, or headlong ire.

His limbs were cast in manly mold,

For hardy sports or contest bold;

And though in peaceful garb arrayed,

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20 And weaponless, except his blade,

His stately mien as well implied

A high-born heart, a martial pride,

As if a Baron's crest he wore,

And sheathed in armor trod the shore.

425 Slighting the petty need he showed,

He told of his benighted road;

His ready speech flowed fair and free,

In phrase of gentlest courtesy;

Yet seemed that tone, and gesture bland,

430 Less used to sue than to command.

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