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" Though stiff his hands, his voice though weak, He thought even yet, the sooth to speak. That if she loved the harp to hear, He could make music to her ear. "
The lay of the last minstrel. Illustr. ed - Page xiv
by sir Walter Scott (bart.) - 1835
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British Poetry and the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars: Visions of Conflict

Simon Bainbridge - Literary Criticism - 2003 - 259 pages
...The Lay is paralleled in the figure of the minstrel, torn between his own identity as a war poet — 'full many a tale he knew | Of the old warriors of Buccleuch' ('Introduction') — and the demands of his audience of 'fair dames' who want to hear 'a melting tale,...
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