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EDITOR'S NOTE

WHEN Dr. Rolfe edited The Poetical Works of Sir Walter Scott, Baronet, in 1887, he made a critical examination of the several texts, with the result of discovering many errors and inconsistencies in the current editions. The text which he thus established may be regarded as accurate and trustworthy. It has been adopted, so far as it goes, in the present Cambridge Edition. Dr. Rolfe, however, was preparing a volume which, by calling in the aid of new and faithful illustrations, should appeal through its beauty and choiceness to lovers of Scott who might be supposed to know their author and to desire a fit and convenient edition of his poems. He excluded purposely a number of less important poems, and grouped all the minor poems in sections following the series of long narrative poems. At the close he added a body of notes and prefaces, drawn from Scott's own editions.

In accordance with the general plan of the Cambridge series, the pres nt editor has undertaken to give the entire body of Sir Walter's poetry and to arrange it with as close an approach to strict chronological order as was possible without pedantry. He has prefaced each poem or group of poems with notes describing the origin or circumstance of composition, and in these notes has included Scott's own Introductions, and such references as occur in Lockhart, in Scott's Letters, and in his Journal. In this way he has undertaken to separate the history of a poem from the explication of its parts.

For the latter, he has had recourse for the most part in the Notes and Ilustrations to the notes written and gathered by Scott for his collective edition. Scott's unfailing interest in everything Scottish led him to great lengths in his annotation and especially to the accumulation of a great deal of antiquarian and sometimes rather remote material. He forgot his poem and even now and then apparently the subject itself as he heaped up illustrations. The editor therefore has found it expedient, while retaining Scott's own notes, to omit some of the discursive portions drawn from other writers. The annotation, moreover, is made in one respect more convenient and compact by the explanation of rare and local words in a Glossary which is an enlargement of the one accompanying Dr. Rolfe's volume.

In his Biographical Sketch, the Editor has had in view more especially that portion of Scott's life which closed with the great poetical period, since it is Scott the poet who is especially under consideration. He was glad to avail himself of the admirable and suggestive interpretation of the poet's life made by Ruskin in Fors Clavigera. CAMBRIDGE, March, 1900.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH . . . xi ! CANTO FIFTH .

. . . . . 68
CANTO Sixth ·

· · 74

TWO BALLADS FROM THE GERMAN

OF BÜRGER.

MARMION: A TALE OF FLODDEN

FIELD, X

WILLIAM AND HELEN. .

THE WILD HUNTSMAN

INTRODUCTORY NOTE . .

. 81

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. . 5

INTRODUCTION TO CANTO FIRST

EARLY BALLADS AND LYRICS

CANTO FIRST: THE CASTLE . . 91

INTRODUCTION TO CANTO SECOND. 97

THE VIOLET. . . . . .

TO A LADY WITH FLOWERS FROM A

CANTO SECOND: THE CONVENT 100

INTRODUCTION TO CANTO T'HIRD. 106

ROMAN WALL . . . .

CANTO THIRD : THE HOSTEL, OR INN 109

THE ERL-KING, FROM THE GERMAN

INTRODUCTION TO CANTO FOURTH . 115

OF GOETHE . . . . . 8

CANTO FOURTH: THE CAMP. . 117

WAR-SONG OF THE ROYAL EDINBURGH

LIGHT DRAGOONS .

INTRODUCTION TO CANTO FIFTH 124

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CANTO FIFTH : THE COURT. . 126

Song FROM "GOETZ VON BERLICH-

INTRODUCTION TO CANTO SIXTH . 137

INGEN' .

CANTO SIXTH: THE BATTLE . .

SONGS FROM THE HOUSE OF ASPEN.'

140

L'ENVOY . . . . . . 151

I. ‘JoY TO THE VICTORS, THE

SONS OF OLD ASPEN' . . 10 THE LADY OF THE LAKE.

II. "SWEET SHONE THE SUN ON

INTRODUCTORY NOTE . . . 152 m

THE FAIR LAKE OF TORO' . 10

CANTO FIRST: THE CHASE . 156

III. RHEIN-WEIN LIED . .

CANTO SECOND: THE ISLAND . 164

GLENFINLAS, OR LORD RONALD'S

CANTO THIRD: THE GATHERING . 173

CORONACH. .

CANTO FOURTH: THE PROPHECY. 181

X THE EVE OF ST. JOHN.

CANTO FIFTH: THE COMBAT . . 190

THE GRAY BROTHER,

CANTO SIXTH: THE GUARD-ROOM. 199

THE FIRE-KING . .

BOTHWELL CASTLE ,

THE VISION OF DON RODERICK.

THE SHEPHERD'S TALE.

INTRODUCTORY NOTE . . . 208

CHEVIỆT

INTRODUCTION .

210

FREDERICK AND ALICE .

THE VISION OF Don RODERICK .

CADYOW CASTLE . . .

CONCLUSION .

THE REIVER'S WEDDING

. . . .

CHRISTIE'S WILL . . .

ROKEBY.

THOMAS THE RHYMER . .

INTRODUCTORY NOTE . . . .226

THE BARD'S INCANTATION

CANTO FIRST . . . . . 231

HELLVELLYN . . .

CANTO SECOND . .

.239

CANTO THIRD . .

246

THE LAY OF THE LAST MINSTREL

CANTO FOURTH .

INTRODUCTORY NOTE . .

CANTO FIFTH . . . . . 263

INTRODUCTION . . . . . . 46 CANTO SIXTH . . . . . 273

CANTO FIRST . . . .. 147

CANTO SECOND . . . . . 51

THE BRIDAL OF TRIERMAIN.

CANTO THIRD . . . . . 57 INTRODUCTORY NOTE . . . . 283

CANTO FOURTH . . . . . 61 INTRODUCTION . . . . . 287

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PHAROS LOQUITUR . . . . 410

LETTER IN VERSE ON THE VOYAGE

WITH THE COMMISSIONERS OF

NORTHERN LIGHTS.

To His GRACE THE DUKE OF

BUCCLEUCH. . . . .

POSTSCRIPTUM , .

. 412

SONGS AND VERSES FROM WAVERLEY.

I. 'AND DID YE NOT HEAR OF A

MIRTH BEFELL' . . . 413

II. 'LATE WHEN THE AUTUMN

EVENING FELL', . .

III. “THE KNIGHT'S TO THE

MOUNTAIN . . . .

IV. 'It's UP GLEMBARCHAN'S

BRAES I GAED' . . . 414

V. “HIE AWAY, HIE AWAY' . 414

VI. Sr. SWITHIN'S CHAIR . 415

VII. 'YOUNG MEN WILL LOVE THEE

MORE FAIR AND MORE FAST' 415

VIII. FLORA MacIvor's Song. 416

IX. TO AN OAK TREE. . . 417

X. “WE ARE BOUND TO DRIVE

THE BULLOCKS' . . 418

XI. “BUT FOLLOW, FOLLOW ME' 418

FOR A' THAT AN' A' THAT . . 418

FAREWELL TO MACKENZIE, HIGH

CHIEF OF KINTAIL . . . . 419

IMITATION OF THE PRECEDING SONG 419

WAR.SONG OF LACHLAN, High CHIEF

OF MACLEAN . . . . . 420

SAINT CLOUD . . . . . 420

THE DANCE OF DEATH . . . 421

ROMANCE OF Dunis . . . 423

THE TROUBADOUR . . . . 423

'IT CHANCED THAT CUPID ON A SEA-

SON . . . . , 423

SONG ON THE LIFTING OF THE BAN-

NER OF THE HOUSE OF BUCCLEUCH

AT A GREAT FOOTBALL MATCH ON

CARTERHAUGH . . . . . 424

SONGS FROM GUY MANNERING.

I. 'CANNY MOMENT, LUCKY FIT' . 424

II. 'TWIST YE, TWINE YE! EVEN SO' 425

III. ‘WASTED, WEARY, WHEREFORE

STAY' . . . .

. 425

IV. DARK SHALL BE LIGHT' . 425

LULLABY OF AN INFANT CHIEF , 425

THE RETURN TO ULSTER . . . 425

JOCK OF HAZELDEAN

PIBROCH OF DONALD DHU . .

NORA's Vow . . .

MACGREGOR'S GATHERING

VERSES SUNG AT THE DINNER GIVEN

TO THE GRAND DUKE NICHOLAS OF

RUSSIA AND HIS SUITE, 19TH DE-

CEMBER, 1816 . . . . 428

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