Poetical Works of Sir Walter Scott Baronet
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1890 edition. Excerpt: ... had their union been, But for her father's bigot spleen, Whose brute and blind-fold party-rage Would, force per force, her hand engage To a base kern of Irish earth, Unknown his lineage and his birth, Save that a dying ruffian bore The infant brat to Rokeby door. Gentle restraint, he said, would lead Old Rokeby to enlarge his creed; But fair occasion he must find For such restraint well meant and kind, The Knight being render'd to his charge But as a prisoner at large. IX. "He school'd us in a well-forged tale, Of scheme the Castle walls to scale, To which was leagued each Cavalier That dwells upon the Tyne and Wear That Rokeby, his parole forgot, Had dealt with us to aid the plot. Such was the charge, which Denzil's zeal Of hate to Rokeby and O'Neala Proffer'd, as witness, to make good, Even though the forfeit were their blood. I scrupled, until o'er and o'er His prisoners' safety Wycliffe swore; And then--alas! what needs there more? I knew I should not live to say The proffer I refused that day; Ashamed to live, yet loath to die, I soil'd me with their infamy!"--"Poor youth!" said Bertram, "wavering still, Unfit alike for good or ill! But what fell next?"--"Soon as at large Was scroll'd and sign'd our fatal charge, There never yet, on tragic stage, Was seen so well a painted rage As Oswald's show'd! With loud alarm He call'd his garrison to arm; From tower to tower, from post to post, He hurried as if all were lost; Consign'd to dungeon and to chain The good old Knight and all his train; Warn'd each suspected Cavalier, Within his limits, to appear To-morrow, at the hour of noon, In the high church of Eglistone."--X. "Of Eglistone!--Even now I pass'd," Said Bertram, "as the night closed...
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