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Scottish novelist, poet and historian
(1771 - 1832)
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The wind breath'd soft as lover's sigh,
  And, oft renew'd, seem'd oft to die,
    With breathless pause between,
      O who, with speech of war and woes,
        Would wish to break the soft repose
          Of such enchanting scene!
      - The Lord of the Isles (canto IV, st. 13)

Warriors!--and where are warriors found,
  If not on martial Britain's ground?
    And who, when waked with note of fire,
      Love more than they the British lyre?
      - The Lord of the Isles (canto IV, st. 20)

O! many a shaft, at random sent,
  Finds mark the archer little meant!
    And many a word, at random spoken,
      May soothe or wound a heart that's broken!
      - The Lord of the Isles (canto V, st. 18)

To that dark inn, the Grave!
      - The Lord of the Isles (VI, l. 26) [Graves]

And better had they ne'er been born,
  Who read to doubt, or read to scorn.
      - The Monastery (ch. XII) [Reading]

Within that awful volume lies
  The mystery of mysteries!
    Happiest they of human race,
      To whom God has granted grace
        To read, to fear, to hope, to pray,
          To lift the latch, and force the way:
            And better had they ne'er been born,
              Who read to doubt, or read to scorn.
      - The Monastery (vol. 1, ch. XII)
        [Books : Scripture]

The burning sun of the Syria had not yet attained its highest point in the horizon, when a knight of the Red Cross, who had left his distant northern home and joined the host of the Crusaders in Palestine, was pacing slowly along the sandy deserts which lie in the vicinity of the Dead Sea, or, as it is called the Lake Asphaltites, where the waves of the Jordan pour themselves into an inland sea, from which there is no discharge of waters.
      - The Talisman,
        part of Tales of the Crusaders
        [Books (First Lines)]

He that climbs the tall tree has won right to the fruit,
  He that leaps the wide gulf should prevail in his suit.
      - The Talisman (ch. XXVI),
        part of "Tales of the Crusaders"

Rouse the lion from his lair.
      - The Talisman (heading of ch. VI),
        part of the Tales of the Crusaders

The play bill which is said to have announced the tragedy of Hamlet, the character of the Prince of Denmark being left out.
      - The Talisman (prologue),
        part of the Tales of the Crusaders

Earth walks on Earth,
  Glittering in gold;
    Earth goes to Earth.
      Sooner than it wold;
        Earth builds on Earth,
          Palaces and towers;
            Earth says to Earth,
              Soon, all shall be ours.
      - Unpublished Epigram,
        in "Notes and Queries", p. 498

Who, noteless as the race from which he sprung,
  Saved others' names, but left his own unsung.
      - Waverley (ch. XIII) [Names]

There is a handsome parish church in the town of Woodstock,--I am told so, at least, for I never saw it, having scarce time, when at the place, to view the magnificence of Blenheim, its painted halls and tapestried bowers, and then return in due season to dine in hall with my learned friend, the provost of ----; being one of those occasions on which a man wrongs himself extremely, if he lets his curiosity interfere with his punctuality.
      - Woodstock [Books (First Lines)]

Yet what can they see in the longest kingly line in Europe, save that it runs back to a successful soldier?
      - Woodstock (ch. XXXVII) [Soldiers]

We do that in our zeal our calmer moment would be afraid to answer.
      - Woodstock (heading of ch. XVII) [Zeal]

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