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The Lady of the Lake By Walter Scott Characters: 893

Updated: 2017-12-01 00:03

Boldly she spoke-"Soldiers, attend!

160 My father was the soldier's friend;

Cheered him in camps, in marches led,

And with him in the battle bled.

Not from the valiant, or the strong,

Should exile's daughter suffer wrong."

165 Answered De Brent, most forward still

In every feat of good or ill:

"I shame me of the part I played;

And thou an outlaw's child, poor maid!

An outlaw I by forest laws,

170 And merry Nee

dwood knows the cause.

Poor Rose-if Rose be living now"-

He wiped his iron eye and brow-

"Must bear such age, I think, as thou.

Hear ye, my mates; I go to call

175 The Captain of our watch to hall.

There lies my halberd on the floor;

And he that steps my halberd o'er,

To do the maid injurious part,

My shaft shall quiver in his heart!

180 Beware loose speech, or jesting rough;

Ye all know John de Brent. Enough."

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