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The Lady of the Lake By Walter Scott Characters: 779

Updated: 2017-12-01 00:03

585 Sir Roderick, who to meet them came,

Reddened at sight of Malcolm Graeme,

Yet, not in action, word, or eye,

Failed aught in hospitality.

In talk and sport they whiled away

590 The morning of that summer day;

But at high noon a courier light

Held secret parley with the knight,

Whose moody aspect soon declared,

That evil were the news he heard.

595 Deep th

ought seemed toiling in his head;

Yet was the evening banquet made,

Ere he assembled round the flame,

His mother, Douglas, and the Graeme,

And Ellen too; then cast around

600 His eyes, then fixed them on the ground,

As studying phrase that might avail

Best to convey unpleasant tale.

Long with his dagger's hilt he played,

Then raised his haughty brow, and said:

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