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The Lady of the Lake By Walter Scott Characters: 827

Updated: 2017-12-01 00:03


Now back they wend their watery way,

565 And, "O my sire!" did Ellen say,

"Why urge thy chase so far astray?

And why so late returned? And why"-

The rest was in her speaking eye.

"My child, the chase I follow far,

570 'Tis mimicry of noble war;

And with that gallant pastime reft

Were all of Douglas I have left.

I met young Malcolm as I strayed

Far eastward, in Glenfinlas' shade,not

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575 Nor strayed I safe; for all around,

Hunters and horsemen scoured the ground.

This youth, though still a royal ward,note

Risked life and land to be my guard,

And through the passes of the wood

580 Guided my steps, not unpursued;

And Roderick shall his welcome make,

Despite old spleen, for Douglas' sake.

Then must he seek Strath-Endrick glen,note

Nor peril aught for me again."

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