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SIR WALTER SCOTT
He rode all unarmed and he rode all alone. 5 So faithful in love, and so dauntless in war,
There never was knight like the young Lochinvar.
He stayed not for brake, and he stopped not for stone, He swam the Esk river, where ford there was none;
But ere he alighted at Netherby gate,
For a laggard in love, and a dastard in war,
So boldly he entered the Netherby hall,
Mong bridesmen, and kinsmen, and brothers, and all : 15 Then spoke the bride's father, his hand on his sword
(For the poor, craven bridegroom said never a word), “O, come ye in peace here, or come ye in war, Or to dance at our bridal, young Lord Lochinvar?”
“I long wooed your daughter,-my suit you denied ;20 Love swells like the Solway, but ebbs like its tide;
And now am I come, with this lost love of mine,
25 The bride kissed the goblet; the knight took it up,
He quaffed off the wine, and he threw down the cup. She looked down to blush, and she looked up to sigh, With a smile on her lips, and a tear in her eye.
He took her soft hand, ere her mother could bar,30 "Now tread we a measure !” said young Lochinvar.
So stately his form, and so lovely her face,
And the bridegroom stood dangling his bonnet and plume, 35 And the bridemaidens whispered, “ 'Twere better, by far,
To have matched our fair cousin with young Lochinvar." One touch to her hand, and one word in her ear, When they reached the hall-door, and the charger stood near, · So light to the croupe the fair lady he swung, 40 So light to the saddle before her he sprung!
“She is won! we are gone, over bank, bush, and scaur;
Forsters, Fenwicks, and Musgraves, they rode, and they ran; 45 There was racing and chasing on Cannobie Lee,
But the lost bride of Netherby ne'er did they see.
HELPS TO STUDY Biographical and Historical: Walter Scott was born in Edinburgh, in 1771. He loved the romance of Scotland's history and legends. A collection of legendary ballads, songs, and traditions, published by him early in life met with such immediate success that it confirmed him in his resolution to devote himself to literary pursuits. The two selections here given, are taken from his second metrical romance, “Marmion.''
Later Scott turned his attention to prose and became the creator of the , historical novel, of which “Ivanhoe,' “Kenilworth,' and “Woodstock"
are conspicuous examples. He died in 1832, and lies buried in one of the most beautiful ruins in Scotland, Dryburgh Abbey.
Notes and Questions Find Esk River and Solway Firth | Compare the rhythm with that in on your map.
“How They Brought the Good Scott describes the tides of Sol. | News.'!. way Firth in Chapter IV of his What impression of Lochinvar do novel. “Redgauntlet.”.
I the opening stanzas give you?
What purpose does the fourth , "galliard'-a gay dance. stanza serve?
"scaur’-steep bank of river. Line 20—Explain this line.
“clan" – a group of related Line 46—What was the result?
families. What picture does the sixth stanza Translate into your own words: give you?
"" "They'll have fleet steeds that Which stanza do you like best? follow,' quoth young Lochin. Which lines are most pleasing?
"laggard” "charger” "dastard"
Words and Phrases for Discussion
“bonnet and plume''
THE PARTING OF MARMION AND DOUGLAS
The train from out the castle drew,
“Of cold respect to stranger guest,
Sent hither by your king's behest,
Part we in friendship from your land,
And, noble Earl, receive my hand.”
Be open, at my sovereign's will,
To each one whom he lists, howe'er
Unmeet to be the owner's peer.
Burned Marmion's swarthy cheek like fire,
And “This to me," he said,
To cleave the Douglas' head!
Even in thy pitch of pride-
I tell thee, thou’rt defied !
Lord Angus, thou hast lied !"
On the Earl's cheek, the flush of rage
The Douglas in his hall ?
Let the portcullis fall.” Lord Marmion turned,—well was his need,
And dashed the rowels in his steed,
The steed along the draw-bridge flies,
HELPS TO STUDY
Historical: Marmion, an English nobleman, is sent as an envoy by Henry the Eighth, King of England, to James the Fourth, King of scotland. The two countries are on the eve of war with each other. Arriving in Edinburgh, Marmion is entrusted by King James to the care and hospitality of Douglas, Earl of Angus, who, taking him to his castle at Tantallon, treats him with the respect due his position as representative of the king, but at the same time dislikes him. The war approaching, Marmion leaves to join the English camp. This sketch describes the leave-taking.