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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed. The Book of Georgian Verse. 1909.

Lucy Ashton’s Song

Sir Walter Scott (1771–1832)

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.