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O, YoUNG Loch INVAR is come out of the West,-
He stayed not for brake, and he stopped not for stone,
For a laggard in love, and a dastard in war,
Was to wed the fair Ellen of brave Lochinvar.
So boldly he entered the Netherby hall,
“I long wooed your daughter, my suit you denied;—
The bride kissed the goblet; the knight took it up,
So stately his form, and so lovely her face,
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 1 we are gone, over bank, bush, and scaur; They’ll have fleet steeds that follow,” quoth young Lochinvar.
There was mounting 'mong Graemes of the Netherby clan; 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. So daring in love, and so dauntless in war, Have ye e'er heard of gallant like young Lochinvar?
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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.” the opening stanzas give you?
What purpose does the fourth “galliard’’—a gay dance.
Line 20–Explain this line. ‘‘clan’” — a group of
What picture does the sixth stanza
give you? ‘‘‘They’ll have fleet steeds that Which stanza do you like best? follow,” ouoth young LochinWhich lines are most pleasing? var.” words and Phrases for Discussion “laggard” ‘‘ brake’” ‘ ‘bar ’’ “charger” ** craven’’ ‘‘bonnet and plume” ** dastard ” “gallant”
THE PARTING OF MARMION AND DOUGLAS
NoT far advanced was morning day,
The train from out the castle drew,
Translate into your own words:
Be open, at my sovereign's will,
Burned Marmion’s swarthy cheek like fire,
May well, proud Angus, be thy mate:
And, Douglas, more, I tell thee here,
On the Earl’s cheek, the flush of rage
And dashed the rowels in his steed,
The steed along the draw-bridge flies,
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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 eare 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.