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The Lady of the Lake By Walter Scott Characters: 822

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'Twas all prepared-and from the rock,

180 A goat, the patriarch of the flock,

Before the kindling pile was laid,

And pierced by Roderick's ready blade.

Patient the sickening victim eyed

The life-blood ebb in crimson tide,

185 Down his clogged beard and shaggy limb,

Till darkness glazed his eyeballs dim.

The grisly priest, with murmuring prayer,

A slender crosslet formed with care,

A cubit's length in measure due;

190 The shaft and limbs were rods of yew,

Whose parents in Inch-Cailliach wavenote

Their shadows o'er Clan-Alpine's grave,

And, answering Lomond's breezes deep,

Soothe many a chieftain's endless sleep.

195 The Cross, thus formed, he held on high,

With wasted hand and haggard eye,

And strange and mingled feelings woke;

While his anathema he spoke.

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