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...such a field is near! Needs must I see this battle-day; Death to my fame if such a fray Were fought, and Marmion away! The Douglas, too, I wot not why, Hath 'bated of his courtesy: No longer in his halls I'll stay." Then bade his band they should array For march against the dawning day.
INTRODUCTION TO CANTO SIXTH. TO RICHARD HEBER, ESQ. Mertoun House, Christmas.
Heap on more wood! the wind is chill; But let it whistle as it will, We'll keep our Christmas merry still.Each age has deemed the new-born year the fittest time for festal cheer.E'en, heathen yet, the savage Dane At Iol more deep the mead did drain; High on the beach his galleys drew, And feasted all his pirate crew; Then in his low and pine-built hall, Where shields and axes decked the wall, They gorged upon the half-dressed steer; Caroused in seas of sable beer; While round, in brutal jest, were thrown The half-gnawed rib and marrow-bone; Or listened all, in grim delight, While scalds yelled out the joys of fight. Then forth, in frenzy, would they... Scott, Sir Walter
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