Sir Walter Scott

(1771-1832 / Edinburgh / Scotland)

Lucy Ashton's Song - Poem by Sir Walter Scott

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.


Comments about Lucy Ashton's Song by Sir Walter Scott

  • (9/3/2016 2:48:00 PM)


    Very good, I wonder who Lucy Ashton was, an old flame, unrequited love? Who knows. (Report) Reply

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  • (6/15/2016 11:27:00 PM)


    Vacant heart and hand and eye,
    Easy live and quiet die.
    Wisest observations. Thanks for sharing it here.
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  • Rajnish Manga (6/15/2016 1:06:00 AM)


    The poem lays down a philosophy to be imbibed and followed by one and all. Nicely written:
    Vacant heart and hand and eye,
    Easy live and quiet die.
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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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