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English Poetry II: From Collins to Fitzgerald.
The Harvard Classics. 1909–14.

Sir Walter Scott

438. Lucy Ashton’s Song

LOOK not thou on beauty’s charming;

Sit thou still when kings are arming;

Taste not when the wine-cup glistens;

Speak not when the people listens;

Stop thine ear against the singer;

From the red gold keep thy finger;

Vacant heart and hand and eye,

Easy live and quiet die.