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The Lady of the Lake By Walter Scott Characters: 1099

Updated: 2017-12-01 00:03

665 "No, by mine honor," Roderick said,

"So help me Heaven, and my good blade!

No, never! Blasted be yon Pine,

My fathers' ancient crest and mine,

If from its shade in danger part

670 The lineage of the Bleeding Heart!

Hear my blunt speech: Grant me this maid

To wife, thy counsel to mine aid;

To Douglas, leagued with Roderick Dhu,

Will friends and allies flock enow;

675 Like cause of doubt, distrust, and grief

Will bind to us each Western Chief.

When the loud pipes my bridal tell,

The Links of Forth shall

hear the knell,note

The guards shall start in Stirling's porch;

680 And, when I light the nuptial torch,

A thousand villages in flames

Shall scare the slumbers of King James!

-Nay, Ellen, blench not thus away,

And, mother, cease these signs, I pray;

685 I meant not all my heat might say.

Small need of inroad, or of fight,

When the sage Douglas may unite

Each mountain clan in friendly band,

To guard the passes of their land,

690 Till the foiled king, from pathless glen,

Shall bootless turn him home again."

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