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The Lady of the Lake By Walter Scott Characters: 1424

Updated: 2017-12-01 00:03

The Monarch saw the gambols flag,

And bade let loose a gallant stag,

Whose pride, the holiday to crown,

695 Two favorite greyhounds should pull down,

That venison free, and Bordeaux wine,

Might serve the archery to dine.

But Lufra-whom from Douglas' side

Nor bribe nor threat could e'er divide,

700 The fleetest hound in all the North-

Brave Lufra saw and darted forth.

She left the royal hounds mid-way,

And dashing on the antlered prey,

Sunk her sharp muzzle in his flank,

705 And deep the flowing life-blood drank.

The King's stout huntsman saw the sport

By strange intruder broken short,

Came up, and with his leash unbound,

In anger struck the noble hound.

710 The Douglas had endured, that morn,

The King's cold look, the nobles' scorn,

And last, and worst to spirit proud,

Had borne the pity of the crowd;

But Lufra had been fondly bred,

715 To share his board, to watch his bed,

And oft would Ellen, Lufra's neck

In maiden glee with garlands deck;

They were such playmates, that with name

Of Lufra, Ellen's image came.

720 His stifled wrath is brimming high,

In darkened brow and flashing eye;

As waves before the bark divide,

The crowd gave way before his stride;

Needs but a buffet and no more,

725 The groom lies senseless in his gore.

Such blow no other hand could deal,

Though gauntleted in glove of steel.

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