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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

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Sir Walter Scott. (1771–1832) (continued)
    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!
          Lay of the Last Minstrel. Canto vi. Stanza 2.
    Profan’d the God-given strength, and marr’d the lofty line.
          Marmion. Introduction to Canto i.
    Just at the age ’twixt boy and youth,
When thought is speech, and speech is truth.
          Marmion. Introduction to Canto ii.
    When, musing on companions gone,
We doubly feel ourselves alone.
          Marmion. Introduction to Canto ii.
    ’T is an old tale and often told;
  But did my fate and wish agree,
Ne’er had been read, in story old,
Of maiden true betray’d for gold,
  That loved, or was avenged, like me.
          Marmion. Canto ii. Stanza 27.
    When Prussia hurried to the field,
And snatch’d the spear, but left the shield. 1
          Marmion. Introduction to Canto iii.
    In the lost battle,
  Borne down by the flying,
Where mingles war’s rattle
  With groans of the dying.
          Marmion. Canto iii. Stanza 11.
    Where ’s the coward that would not dare
  To fight for such a land?
          Marmion. Canto iv. Stanza 30.
    Lightly from fair to fair he flew,
And loved to plead, lament, and sue;
Suit lightly won, and short-lived pain,
For monarchs seldom sigh in vain.
          Marmion. Canto v. Stanza 9.
    With a smile on her lips and a tear in her eye. 2
          Marmion. Canto v. Stanza 12.
    But woe awaits a country when
She sees the tears of bearded men.
          Marmion. Canto v. Stanza 16.
Note 1.
See Freneau, Quotation 2. [back]
Note 2.
Reproof on her lips, but a smile in her eye.—Samuel Lover: Rory O’ More. [back]