Rokeby: A Poem

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John Ballantyne and Company Edinburgh; and Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, London, 1813 - Digital images - 333 pages

Published in 1813, Rokeby was an astounding success for Scott, selling 10,000 copes in the first three months. Although the profits from the poem were significant, Scott was disappointed as his income had fallen short of the expected amount that was set to cover his growing expenses at Abbotsford, his Scotland estate.


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Page 126 - Brignall banks are fresh and fair, And Greta woods are green; I'd rather rove with Edmund there, Than reign our English queen.' 'If, maiden, thou wouldst wend with me, To leave both tower and town, Thou first must guess what life lead we, That dwell by dale and down. And if thou canst that riddle read, As read full well you may, Then to the greenwood shalt thou speed, As blithe as Queen of May.
Page 147 - Allen-a-Dale has red gold for the winning. . Come, read me my riddle! come, hearken my tale ! And tell me the craft of bold Allen-a-Dale. The Baron of Ravensworth prances in pride, And he views his domains upon Arkindale side. The mere for his net, and the land for his game, The chase for the wild, and the park for the tame ; Yet the fish of the lake, and the deer of the vale, Are less free to Lord Dacre than Allen-a-dale.
Page 148 - shows gallanter still ; 'Tis the blue vault of heaven, with its crescent so pale, And with all its bright spangles!
Page 129 - I'm with my comrades met Beneath the greenwood bough, — What once we were we all forget, Nor think what we are now.' Chorus 'Yet Brignall banks are fresh and fair, And Greta woods are green, And you may gather garlands there Would grace a summer queen.
Page 127 - tis at peep of light; His blast is heard at merry morn, And mine at dead of night." Yet sung she " Brignall banks are fair, And Greta woods are gay ; I would I were with Edmund there To reign his Queen of May ! " With burnish'd brand and musketoon So gallantly you come, I read you for a bold Dragoon That lists the tuck of drum.
Page 228 - I have looked and loved my last ! When villagers my shroud bestrew With pansies, rosemary, and rue, — Then, l/ady, weave a wreath for me, And weave it of the cypress-tree.
Page lxiv - For why ? because the good old rule Sufficeth them, — the simple plan, That they should take, who have the power, And they should keep, who can.
Page lxxv - Of brushing up our youth, in letters, arms, Fair mien, discourses civil, exercise, And all the blazon of a gentleman ? Where can he learn to vault, to ride, to fence, To move his body...
Page lxvi - Iren. Because the commodity doth not countervail the discommodity; for the inconveniences which thereby do arise are much more many; for it is a fit house for an outlaw, a meet bed for a rebel, and an apt cloak for a thief.
Page 102 - The falcon, poised on soaring wing, Watches the wild-duck by the spring; The slow-hound wakes the fox's lair; The greyhound presses on the hare ; The eagle pounces on the lamb ; The wolf devours the fleecy dam ; Even tiger fell, and sullen bear, Their likeness and their lineage spare ; — Man, only, mars kind Nature's plan, And turns the fierce pursuit on man ; Plying war's desultory trade, Incursion, flight, and ambuscade, Since Nimrod, Gush's mighty son, At first the bloody game begun.

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