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Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)

The Lady of the Lake: Canto 1

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          624Soldier, rest! thy warfare o'er,
          625      Sleep the sleep that knows not breaking:
          626Dream of battled fields no more,
          627      Days of danger, nights of waking.
          628In our isle's enchanted hall,
          629      Hands unseen thy couch are strewing,
          630Fairy strains of music fall,
          631      Every sense in slumber dewing.
          632Soldier, rest! thy warfare o'er,
          633Dream of fighting fields no more:
          634Sleep the sleep that knows not breaking,
          635Morn of toil, nor night of waking.

          636No rude sound shall reach thine ear,
          637      Armour's clang, or war-steed champing,
          638Trump nor pibroch summon here
          639      Mustering clan, or squadron tramping.
          640Yet the lark's shrill fife may come
          641      At the day-break from the fallow,
          642And the bittern sound his drum,
          643      Booming from the sedgy shallow.
          644Ruder sounds shall none be near,
          645Guards nor warders challenge here,
          646Here's no war-steed's neigh and champing,
          647Shouting clans or squadrons stamping.

...

          654Huntsman, rest! thy chase is done,
          655      While our slumbrous spells assail ye,
          656Dream not, with the rising sun,
          657      Bugles here shall sound reveillé.
          658Sleep! the deer is in his den;
          659      Sleep! thy hounds are by thee lying;
          660Sleep! nor dream in yonder glen,
          661      How thy gallant steed lay dying.
          662Huntsman, rest; thy chase is done,
          663Think not of the rising sun,
          664For at dawning to assail ye,
          665Here no bugles sound reveillé.

Notes

624] From The Lady of the Lake, Canto I, lines 624-647 and 654-665. "Soldier, rest! thy warfare o'er." The Song is represented as sung by the heroine to a strange knight, who, while hunting, has lost himself and found shelter in her father's home on an island in Lake Katrine.


Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Sir Walter Scott, The Lady of the Lake (Edinburgh: J. Ballantyne, 1810). LE S431ka Fisher Rare Book Library (Toronto).
First publication date: 1810
RPO poem editor: P. F. Morgan
RP edition: 3RP 2.417.
Recent editing: 2:2002/4/3

Rhyme: ababcdcdaabb


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