Imitations of the Ancient Ballad

Imitations of the Ancient Ballad

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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. 1807 edition. Excerpt: ...Till to the fire she came, And, by Mary's might! an Armed Knight Stood by the lonely flame. " And many a word that warlike lord Did speak to my lady there; But the rain fell fast, and loud blew the blast, And I heard not what they were. "The third night there the sky was fair, And the mountain-blast was still, As again I watch'd the secret pair, On the lonesome Beacon Hill. "And I heard her name the midnight hour, And name this holy eve; And say, ' Come this night to thy lady' s bower; Ask no bold Baron's leave. " ' He lifts his spear with the bold Buceleuch; His lady is all alone; The door she'll undo, to her knight so true, On the eve of good St J ohn.'---" ' I cannot come; I must not come; I dare not come to thee; On the eve of St John I must wander alone: In thy bower I may not be.'--" ' Now, out on thee, fainthearted knight! Thou shouldst not say me nay; For the eve is sweet, and when lovers meet, Is worth the whole summer's day. " ' And I'll chain the blood-hound, and the warder shall not sound, And rushes shall be strew'd on the stair; So, by the black rood-stone,1 and by holy St John, I conjure thee, my love, to be there!'--" ' Though the blood-hound be mute, and the rush beneath my foot, And the warder his bugle should not blow, Yet there sleepeth a priest in the chamber to the east, And my footstep he would know.'--1 The black-rood of Melrose was a crucifix of black marble, and of superior sanctity. " ' O fear not the priest, who sleepeth to the east! For to Dryburgh1 the way he has ta'en; And there to say mass, till three days do pass, For the soul of a...show more

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  • Paperback | 76 pages
  • 188.98 x 246.13 x 4.06mm | 154.22g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236774574
  • 9781236774576