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The Lady of the Lake By Walter Scott Characters: 827

Updated: 2017-12-01 00:03


"Minstrel," the maid replied, and high

Her father's soul glanced from her eye,

"My debts to Roderick's house I know:

All that a mother could bestow,note

250 To Lady Margaret's care I owe,

Since first an orphan in the wild

She sorrowed o'er her sister's child;

To her brave chieftain son, from ire

Of Scotland's king who shrouds my sire.

255 A deeper, holier debt is owed;

And, could I

pay it with my blood,

Allan! Sir Roderick should command

My blood, my life-but not my hand.

Rather will Ellen Douglas dwell

260 A votaress in Maronnan's cell;note

Rather through realms beyond the sea,

Seeking the world's cold charity,

Where ne'er was spoke a Scottish word,

And ne'er the name of Douglas heard,

265 An outcast pilgrim will she rove,

Than wed the man she cannot love.

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