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The Lady of the Lake By Walter Scott Characters: 787

Updated: 2017-12-01 00:03

No thought of peace, no thought of rest,

Assuaged the storm in Roderick's breast.

With sheathéd broadsword in his hand,

Abrupt he paced the islet strand,

45 And eyed the rising sun, and laid

His hand on his impatient blade.

Beneath a rock, his vassals' care

Was prompt the ritual to prepare,

With deep and deathful meaning fraught;

50 For such Antiquity had taught

Was preface meet, ere yet abroad

The Cross of Fire should take its road.

The shrinking band stood oft aghast

At the impatient glance he cast-

55 Such glance the mountain eagle threw,

As, from the cliffs of Benvenue,

She spread her dark sails on the wind,

And, high in middle heaven reclined,

With her broad shadow on the lake,

60 Silenced the warblers of the brake.

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