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Walter Scott (1771 – 1832)


Prolific Scottish historical novelist and poet popular throughout Europe during his time.
Walter Scott
"I'm no gaun to let naebody see the letter," sobbed the boy, "till I gie't to Mr. Lovel, for I am a faithfu' servant o' the office—if it werena for the powny."
"Very right, my little man," said Ochiltree, turning the reluctant pony's head towards Monkbarns; "but we'll guide him atween us." ...
[They met Lovel on the way,] and Davie, who insisted upon a literal execution of his commission by going on to Monkbarns, was with difficulty prevailed upon to surrender the packet to its proper owner, although he met him a mile nearer than the place he had been directed to. "But my minnie said, I maun be sure to get twenty shillings and five shillings for the postage, and ten shillings and sixpence for the express—there's the paper."
"Let me see—let me see," said Oldbuck, putting on his spectacles, and examining the crumpled copy of regulations to which Davie appealed. "Express, per man and horse, one day, not to exceed ten shillings and sixpence. One day? why, it's not an hour—Man and horse? why, 'tis a monkey on a starved cat!"
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And better had they ne'er been born,
Who read to doubt, or read to scorn.
Scott
For ne'er
Was flattery lost on poet's ear:
A simple race! they waste their toil
For the vain tribute of a smile.




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Ah! County Guy, the hour is nigh,
The sun has left the lea.
Scott Walter
The way was long, the wind was cold,
The Minstrel was infirm and old;
His withered cheek, and tresses gray,
Seemed to have known a better day.
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Randolph, thy wreath has lost a rose.
Walter Scott
Her blue eyes sought the west afar,
For lovers love the western star.
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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 on the green.
Love rules the court, the camp, the grove,
And men below, and saints above;
For love is heaven, and heaven is love.
Scott
I cannot tell how the truth may be;
I say the tale as 'twas said to me.
Scott Walter
Along thy wild and willow'd shore.
Walter Scott
If you keep a thing seven years, you are sure to find a use for it.




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Who o'er the herd would wish to reign,
Fantastic, fickle, fierce, and vain!
Vain as the leaf upon the stream,
And fickle as a changeful dream;
Fantastic as a woman's mood,
And fierce as Frenzy's fever'd blood.
Thou many-headed monster thing,
Oh who would wish to be thy king!
Walter Scott
For he that does good, having the unlimited power to do evil, deserves praise not only for the good which he performs, but for the evil which he forbears.
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Oh, poverty parts good company.
Scott Walter
There is yet spirit in him, were it well directed- but, like the Greek fire, it burns whatever approaches it.
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Saint George and the Dragon!-Bonny Saint George for Merry England!-The castle is won!
Walter Scott
True love's the gift which God has given
To man alone beneath the heaven:
It is not fantasy's hot fire,
Whose wishes, soon as granted, fly;
It liveth not in fierce desire,
With dead desire it doth not die;
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.
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Time rolls his ceaseless course.
Walter Scott
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!
Scott Walter
Hail to the Chief who in triumph advances!


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