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The Lady of the Lake By Walter Scott Characters: 895

Updated: 2017-12-01 00:03

The offended Monarch rode apart,

815 With bitter thought and swelling heart,

And would not now vouchsafe again

Through Stirling streets to lead his train.

"O Lennox, who would wish to rule

This changeling crowd, this common fool?

820 Hear'st thou," he said, "the loud acclaim,

With which they shout the Douglas name?

With like acclaim, the vulgar throat

Strained for King James their morning note;

With like acclaim th

ey hailed the day

825 When first I broke the Douglas' sway;

And like acclaim would Douglas greet,

If he could hurl me from my seat.

Who o'er the herd would wish to reign,

Fantastic, fickle, fierce, and vain!

830 Vain as the leaf upon the stream,

And fickle as a changeful dream;

Fantastic as a woman's mood,

And fierce as Frenzy's fevered blood.

Thou many-headed monster-thing,

835 O who could wish to be thy king!

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