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SIR WALTER SCOTT — Born, 1771 ; Died, 1832.
Sir Walter Scott, son of a solicitor in Edinburgh, was a poet of a high order, but especially excelled as a novelist. “ Marmion," "The Lady of the Lake,” and “ The Lay of the Last Minstrel ”are, indeed, romances in verse.
"The Waverley Novels,” of which he was the author, are universally known. He was made a Baronet by George IV.
MARMIONI ENTERING NORHAM CASTLE.
Day set on Norham's? castled steep,
And Cheviot'st mountains lone :
In yellow lustre shone.
Seemed forms of giant height:
In lines of dazzling light.
"Marmion, an English knight:
the hero of the poem that bears
his name. ? Norham, a baronial castle on the
Tweed. 3 The Tweed divides England from
Scotland in its course. * Cheviot mountains, the hills
5 The Dorjon was the strong tower
of a baronial castle. The Keep was the strongest part of the Donjon, in which were the cells for prisoners. Dungeon comes
from Donjon. athwart, across. · St. George, the patron Saint of
between Scotland and England.
Less bright, and less, was flung ;
So heavily it hung.
The castle gates were barr’d;
The warder kept his guard;
age: His square-turned joints, and strength of limb,
8 stalwart, brave, stroog.
1483, between Richard III and
the Earl of Richmond, afterwards
Henry VII. 10 helmet.
Showed him no carpet knight so trim,
In camp, a leader sage.
MARMION AND DOUGLAS.
From “ Marmion," Canto VI.
To Surrey's? camp to ride;
11 Milan steel. The finest armour of black falcon, on a blue ground,
that day came from Milan, in Italy. was the crest on Marmion's shield. 12 This line is the language of He- 13 golden legend, inscription, lit., raldry. It means that a dark or words for reading.
1 The Earl of Surrey, commander of the English army.
And Douglasgave a guide : The ancient earl, with stately grace, Would Clara on her palfrey place, And whispered, in an under-tone, “ Let the hawk stoop, his prey is flown.” The train from out the castle drew; But Marmion stopped to bid adieu :“ Though something I might plain,”4 he said,
“Of cold respect to stranger guest,
Sent hither by your king's behest," While in Tantallon's towers I stayedPart we in friendship from your land,
And, noble Earl, receive my hand."-
“My manors, halls, and bowers, shall still
2 Douglas. Douglas was the Earl
of Angus, a maritime country in the north-east of Scotland, now better known by the name of
Forfarshire, 3 Clara was an English heiress,
whom Marmion had induced to
leave a Convent with him. She
was not a nun, however, as yet. • plain, complain. 5 behest, command. * Tantallon, Douglas's castle, on
a rock, on the coast, near North Berwick,
Burned Marmion's swarthy cheek like fire,
And—“This to me!” he said ;-
To cleave the Douglas' head !
Even in thy pitch of pride,
I tell thee, thou’rt defied !
Lord Angus, thou hast lied !”
The Douglas in his hall ?
Let the portcullis8 fall."