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The Lady of the Lake By Walter Scott Characters: 883

Updated: 2017-12-01 00:03


Fain would the Knight in turn require

The name and state of Ellen's sire.

Well showed the elder lady's mien,

605 That courts and cities she had seen;

Ellen, though more her looks displayed

The simple grace of silvan maid,

In speech and gesture, form and face,

Showed she was come of gentle race.

610 'Twere strange in ruder rank to find

Such looks, such manners, and such mind.

Each hint the Knight of Snowdoun g

ave,

Dame Margaret heard with silence grave;

Or Ellen, innocently gay,

615 Turned all inquiry light away:

"Weird women we-by dale and down

We dwell, afar from tower and town.

We stem the flood, we ride the blast,

On wandering knights our spells we cast;

620 While viewless minstrels touch the string,

'Tis thus our charméd rimes we sing."

She sung, and still a harp unseennote

Filled up the symphony between.

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