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Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)

Lullaby of an Infant Chief

              1  O hush thee, my babie, thy sire was a knight,
              2Thy mother a lady, both lovely and bright;
              3The woods and the glens, from the towers which we see,
              4They all are belonging, dear babie, to thee.
              5        O ho ro, i ri ri, cadul gu lo,
              6        O ho ro, i ri ri, cadul gu lo.

              7  O fear not the bugle, though loudly it blows,
              8It calls but the warders that guard thy repose;
              9Their bows would be bended, their blades would be red,
            10Ere the step of a foeman drew near to thy bed.
            11        O ho ro, i ri ri, cadul gu lo,
            12        O ho ro, i ri ri, cadul gu lo.

            13  O hush thee, my babie, the time soon will come
            14When thy sleep shall be broken by trumpet and drum;
            15Then hush thee, my darling, take rest while you may,
            16For strife comes with manhood, and waking with day.
            17        O ho ro, i ri ri, cadul gu lo,
            18        O ho ro, i ri ri, cadul gu lo.

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: Terry's dramatization of Sir Walter Scott's Guy Mannering (1815).
First publication date: 1815
RPO poem editor: J. D. Robins
RP edition: 2RP 2.139.
Recent editing: 2:2002/4/3

Rhyme: aabb and refrain

Other poems by Sir Walter Scott