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The Lady of the Lake By Walter Scott Characters: 952

Updated: 2017-12-01 00:03

The Chief in silence strode before,

And reached that torrent's sounding shore,

Which, daughter of three mighty lakes,

From Vennachar in silver breaks,

300 Sweeps through the plain, and ceaseless mines

On Bochastle the moldering lines,note

Where Rome, the Empress of the world,

Of yore her eagle wings unfurled.

And here his course the Chieftain stayed,

305 Threw down his target and his plaid,

And to the Lowland warrior said-

"Bold Saxon! to

his promise just,

Vich-Alpine has discharged his trust.

This murderous Chief, this ruthless man,

310 This head of a rebellious clan,

Hath led thee safe, through watch and ward,

Far past Clan-Alpine's outmost guard.

Now, man to man, and steel to steel.

A Chieftain's vengeance thou shalt feel.

315 See, here, all vantageless I stand,

Armed, like thyself, with single brand;

For this is Coilantogle ford,

And thou must keep thee with thy sword."

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