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The Lady of the Lake By Walter Scott Characters: 947

Updated: 2017-12-01 00:03


Then clamored loud the royal train,

And brandished swords and staves amain,

730 But stern the Baron's warning-"Back!

Back, on your lives, ye menial pack!

Beware the Douglas.-Yes! behold,

King James! the Douglas, doomed of old,

And vainly sought for near and far,

735 A victim to atone the war,

A willing victim, now attends,

Nor craves thy grace but for his friends."

"Thus is my clemency repaid?

Presumptuous Lord!" the monarch said;

740

"Of thy misproud ambitious clan,

Thou, James of Bothwell, wert the man,

The only man, in whom a foe

My woman-mercy would not know:

But shall a Monarch's presence brook

745 Injurious blow, and haughty look?

What ho! the Captain of our Guard!

Give the offender fitting ward.

Break off the sports!"-for tumult rose,

And yeomen 'gan to bend their bows-

750 "Break off the sports!" he said, and frowned,

"And bid our horsemen clear the ground."

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