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Edited by James Reed
Categories: 18th Century, 19th Century, Scottish
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Paperback (256 pages)
(Pub. Apr 2003)
Still linger, in our northern clime,
Some remnants of the good old time;
And still, within our valleys here,
We hold the kindred title dear,
Even when, perchance, its far-fetch'd claim
To Southron ear sounds empty name;
For course of blood, our proverbs deem,
Is warmer than the mountain stream.
And thus, my Christmas still I hold
Where my great-grandsire came of old,
With amber beard, and flaxen hair,
And reverend apostolic air -
The feast and holy tide to share,
And mix sobriety with wine,
And honest mirth with thoughts divine:
Small thought was his, in after time
E'er to be hitched into a rhyme.
The simple sire could only boast,
That he was loyal to his cost;
The banish'd race of kings rever'd,
And lost his land, - but kept his beard.
Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) is the great poet of the Scottish people, their history and land, yet he wrote at a time when Scottish culture and landscapes were changing rapidly under English pressure. Introducing this selection, James Reed, an authority on ballads and the Border tradition, sets Scott in context as both a European Romantic and a Scottish folk poet. He also illuminates the political and cultural context of his work. This selection, which includes early love poems, songs from the novels, landscape poems from The Lay of the Last Minstrel and The Lady of the Lake, and the complete narrative poems 'William and Helen' and Marmion, reveals Scott as a poet who speaks for a people.
The selection contains notes on the text, suggestions for further reading and a glossary.
Table of Contents
Suggestions for further reading
To the Pride of Teviotdale
The Prisoner's Complaint
To a Lady
On the Massacre at Glencoe
Farewell to the Muse
From Waverley , 'False love, and hast thou played me this'
Guy Mannering ,
'Canny moment, lucky fit'
'Twist ye, twine ye! Even so'
The Heart of Midlothian,
'Proud Maisie is in the wood'
The Bride of Lammermoor,
'Look not thou on beauty's charming'
Ivanhoe, Rebecca's Hymn
The Pirate, The Song of the Reim-Kennar
The Doom of Devergoil, Bonny Dundee
Carle, now the King's Come
The Dreary Change
From The Lay of the Last Minstrel
II.i 'If thou would'st view fair Melrose aright'
IV.i 'Sweet Teviot! On thy silver tide'
IV.ii 'unlike the tide of human time'
V.i 'Call it not vain; they do not err'
V.ii 'Not that, in sooth, o'er mortal urn'
V.xxx 'After due pause, they bade him tell'
VI.i 'Breathes there the man, with soul so dead'
VI.ii 'O Caledonia! stern and wild'
From The Lady of the Lake
IV.xxix ' The shades of eve come slowly down'
IV.xxx 'Beside its embers red and clear'
IV.xxxi 'He gave him of his Highland cheer'
VI.xxix 'Harp of the North, farewell! The hills grow dark'
Jock of Hazeldean
William and Helen
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