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SIR WALTER SCOTT
Scottish novelist, poet and historian
(1771 - 1832)
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Ours is no sapling, chance-sown by the fountain,
  Blooming at Beltane, in winter to fade.
      - The Lady of the Lake--Hail to the Chief
         (canto II) [Chance]

Breathes there the man with soul so dead,
  Who never to himself hath said,
    This is my own, my native land!
      Whose heart hath ne'er within him burn'd,
        As home his footsteps he hath turn'd,
          From wandering on a foreign strand!
      - The Lay of the Last Ministrel
         (canto VI, st. 1)
        [Love of Country : Proverbs]

Ambition is no cure for love!
      - The Lay of the Last Minstrel
         (canto I, st. 27) [Ambition]

If thou would'st view fair Melrose aright,
  Go visit it by the pale moonlight;
    For the gay beams of lightsome day
      Gild, but to flout, the ruins gray.
      - The Lay of the Last Minstrel
         (canto II, st. 1) [Moon]

O fading honours of the dead!
  O high ambition, lowly laid!
      - The Lay of the Last Minstrel
         (canto II, st. 10) [Ambition]

I was not always a man of woe.
      - The Lay of the Last Minstrel
         (canto II, st. 12) [Woe]

I cannot tell how the truth may be;
  I say the tale as 'twas said to me.
      - The Lay of the Last Minstrel
         (canto II, st. 22) [Rumor : Story Telling]

In peace, Love tunes the shepherd's reed;
  In war, he mounts the warrior's steed;
    In halls, in gay attire is seen;
      In hamlets, dances of the green.
        Love rules the court, the camp, the grove,
          And men below, and saints above;
            For love is heaven, and heaven is love.
      - The Lay of the Last Minstrel
         (canto III, st. 2) [Love]

Her blue eyes sought the west afar,
  For lovers love the western star.
      - The Lay of the Last Minstrel
         (canto III, st. 24) [Love : Stars]

. . . For ne'er
  Was flattery lost on Poet's ear;
    A simple rave! they waste their toil
      For the vain tribute of a smile.
      - The Lay of the Last Minstrel
         (canto IV, last stanza) [Poets]

Sweet Teviot! on thy silvery tide
  The glaring bale-fires blaze no more;
    No longer steel-clad warriors ride
      Along thy wild and willow'd shore.
      - The Lay of the Last Minstrel
         (canto IV, st. 1) [Teviot River]

Call it not vain:--they do not err,
  Who say that, when the Poet dies,
    Mute Nature mourns her worshipper,
      And celebrates his obsequies.
      - The Lay of the Last Minstrel
         (canto V, st. 1) [Poets]

It [true love] is the secret sympathy,
  The silver link, the silken tie,
    Which heart to heart, and mind to mind
      In body and in soul can bind.
      - The Lay of the Last Minstrel
         (canto V, st. 13) [Sympathy]

True love's the gift which God has given
  To man alone beneath the heaven.
    . . . .
      It is the secret sympathy,
        The silver link, the silken tie,
          Which heart to heart, and mind to mind,
            In body and in soul can bind.
      - The Lay of the Last Minstrel
         (canto V, st. 13) [Love]

Haste, holy Friar,
  Haste, ere the sinner shall expire!
    Of all his guilt let him be shriven,
      And smooth his path from earth to heaven!
      - The Lay of the Last Minstrel
         (canto V, st. 22) [Guilt]

Despite those titles, power, and pelf,
  The wretch, concentred all in self,
    Living, shall forfeit fair renown,
      And, doubly dying, shall go down
        To the vile dust from whence he sprung,
          Unwept, unhonour'd and unsung.
      - The Lay of the Last Minstrel
         (canto VI, st. 1) [Selfishness]

Land of my sires! what mortal hand
  Can e'er untie the filial band
    That knits me to thy rugged strand!
      - The Lay of the Last Minstrel
         (canto VI, st. 2) [Love of Country]

O Caledonia! stern and wild,
  Meet nurse for a poetic child!
    Land of brown heath and shaggy wood,
      Land of the mountain and the flood,
        Land of my sires! what mortal hand
          Can e'er untie the filial band,
            That knits me to thy rugged strand!
      - The Lay of the Last Minstrel
         (canto VI, st. 2) [Scotland]

Although too much of a soldier among sovereigns, no one could claim with better right to be a sovereign among soldiers.
      - The Life of Napoleon [Soldiers]

The sun never sets on the immense empire of Charles V.
      - The Life of Napoleon (ch. LIX)
        [Possession]

All angel now, and little less than all,
  While still a pilgrim in this world of ours.
      - The Lord of the Isles [Angels]

In man's most dark extremity
  Oft succor dawns from Heaven.
      - The Lord of the Isles (canto I, st. 20)
        [Help : Proverbs]

Spangling the wave with lights as vain
  As pleasures in this vale of pain,
    That dazzle as they fade.
      - The Lord of the Isles (canto I, st. 23)
        [Pleasure]

Some touch of Nature's genial glow.
      - The Lord of the Isles (canto III, st. 14)
        [Nature]

Merrily, merrily goes the bark
  On a breeze from the northward free,
    So shoots through the morning sky the lark,
      Or the swan through the summer sea.
      - The Lord of the Isles (canto IV, st. 10)
        [Navigation]


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