The Poetical Works of Sir Walter Scott, Bart Volume 10
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. 1861 edition. Excerpt: ...dales of Tweeddale, and at least the Upper Ward of Clydesdale. All that tract was probably as waste as it is mountainous, and covered with the remains of the ancient Caledonian Forest, which is supposed to have stretched from Cheviot Hills as far as Hamilton, and to have comprehended even a part of Ayrshire. At the fatal battle of Falkirk, Sir John Stewart of Bonkill, brother to the Steward of Scotland, commanded the archers of Selkirk Forest, who fell around the dead body of their leader. The English historians have commemorated the tall and stately persons, as well as the unswerving faith, of these foresters. Nor has their interesting fall escaped the notice of an elegant modern poetess, whose subject led her to treat of that calamitous engagement. "The glance of the morn had sparkled bright On their plumage green and their actions light i The bugle was strung at each hunter's side, As they had been bound to the chase to ride t But the bugle Is mute, and the shafts are spent, The arm unnerved and the bow unbent. And the tired forester is laid Far, far from the clustering greenwood shade! Sore have they toil'd--they are fallen asleep, ' And their slumber is heavy, and dull, and deep l Call all, call all! from Reedswair-Path, To the wild confines of Cape-Wrath; Wide let the news through Scotland ring, The Northern Eagle claps his wing!" f LORD OF THE lSLES. CANTO SIXTH. LORD OF THE ISLES. CANTO SIXTH. 0 Who, that shared them, ever shall forget1 The emotions of the spirit-rousing time, When breathless in the mart the couriers met, Early and late, at evening and at prime; When the loud cannon and the merry chime Hail'd news on news, as field on field was won, When Hope, long doubtful, soar'd at length sublime, And our glad eyes, awake as...
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