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The Lady of the Lake By Walter Scott Characters: 1334

Updated: 2017-12-01 00:03

The vale with loud applauses rang,

660 The Ladies' Rock sent back the clang.note

The King, with look unmoved, bestowed

A purse well-filled with pieces broad.

Indignant smiled the Douglas proud,

And threw the gold among the crowd,

665 Who now, with anxious wonder, scan,

And sharper glance, the dark gray man;

Till whispers rose among the throng,

That heart so free, and hand so strong,

Must to the Douglas blood belong.

670 The old men marked and shook the head,

To see his hair with silver spread,

And winked aside, and told each son,

Of feats upon the English done,

Ere Douglas of the stalwart hand

675 Was exiled fro

m his native land.

The women praised his stately form,

Though wrecked by many a winter's storm;

The youth with awe and wonder saw

His strength surpassing Nature's law.

680 Thus judged, as is their wont, the crowd,

Till murmur rose to clamors loud.

But not a glance from that proud ring

Of peers who circled round the King,

With Douglas held communion kind,

685 Or called the banished man to mind;

No, not from those who, at the chase,

Once held his side the honored place,

Begirt his board, and, in the field,

Found safety underneath his shield;

690 For he, whom royal eyes disown,

When was his form to courtiers known!

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