The Prose Works of Sir Walter Scott; Containing Notes, Historical and Illustrative, by the Author, Glossary, Etc

The Prose Works of Sir Walter Scott; Containing Notes, Historical and Illustrative, by the Author, Glossary, Etc

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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. 1834 edition. Excerpt: ...who determines to destroy all his family, throws his V wife down stairs, with this allusion to the supposed murder of Leicester's lady, --Tne only way to charm a woman's tongue ls. break her ueck--a politician did it., The reader will find I have borrowed several inci' dents as Well as names from Ashmole, and the more iearly authorities; but my first acquaintance with the history was through the more pleasing medium of verse. There is a period in youth when the mere power of numbers has a more strong effect on ear and imagination than in more advanced life. At this season of immature taste the author was greatly delighted with the poems of Mickie and Langhorne, poets who, though by no means deficient in the higher branches of their art, were eminent for their powers of verbal melody above most who have practised this department of poetry. One of those pieces of Mickie, which the author was particularly pleased with, is a ballad, or rather a species of elegy, on the subject Oi Cnmnor Hall, which, with others, by the same author, were to be found in Evans's Ancient Ballads (volume iv., page 130), to which work Mickle made liberal contributions. The first stanza especially llill a peculiar species of enchantment for the youth ' Ashmole's Antiquities of Berkshire, vol. i.. 149. The tradition as to Leicester's death was thus communicated by Ben Jonson to Drummond of llawthornden: ---" The Earl of Leicester gave a bottle of liquor to his Lady, which he willed her to use in any faintness, which she, after his re_ turn: from court, not knowing it was poison. gave him. and so he died."-Ben Jonson': lrgformatitm to Drummond 0! Hnwthornden, M.S'.---Str Robert.$'ibbald's Copy. ' The more

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  • Paperback | 278 pages
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  • English
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  • 9781236738509