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Walter Scott

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I cannot tell how the truth may be;
I say the tale as 'twas said to me.
Canto II, stanza 22.

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Old Christmas brought his sports again.
‘Twas Christmas broach’d the mightiest ale;
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A Christmas gambol oft could cheer
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But that he wrought so high the specious tale,
As manifested plainly 'twas a lie.

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