A Compendious History of English Literature Volume 2

A Compendious History of English Literature Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1861 edition. Excerpt: ... I see them drest in bonnets blue (The spoils of thy rebellious crew); I see the target cast away, And checkered plaid, ' become their prey--The checkered plaid-to make a gown For many a lass in London town. " In vain thy hungry mountaineers Come forth in all their warlike geers, The shield, the pistol, ' dirk and dagger, In which they daily wont to swagger, And oft have sallied out to pillage The hen-roosts of some peaceful village, Or, while their neighbours were asleep, Have carried off a lowland sheep. " What boots thy highborn host of beggars, Macleans, Mackenzies, and Macgregors, With popish cut-throats, perjured ruffians, And Foster's troop of ragamuffins? " In vain thy lads around thee bandy, Infiamed with bag-pipe and with brandy. Doth not hold Sutherland the trusty, With heart so true, and voice so rusty, (A loyal soul) thy troops affright, While hoarsely he demands the fight? Dost thou not generous Ilay dread, The bravest hand, the wisest head? Undaunted dost thou hear the alarms Of hoary Athol sheathed in arms? " Douglas, who draws his lineage down From thanes and peers of high renown, Fiery, and young, and uncontrolled, With knights, and squires, and barons hold, (His noble household-band) advances, And on the milk-white courser pranccs. Thee Forfar to the combat dares, Grown swarthy in Iberian wars; And Monroe, kindled into rage, Sourly defies thee to engage; He 'll rout thy foot, though ne'er so many, And horse to boot--if thou hast any. " But see Argyle, with watchful eyes, Lodged in his deep entrenchments lies; Couched like a lion in thy way, He waits to spring upon his prey; While, like a herd of timorous deer, Thy army shakes and pants with fear, Led by their...show more

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  • Paperback | 222 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 404g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236986083
  • 9781236986085