Sir Walter Scott
Edinburgh / Scotland
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Lochinvar

Rating: 3.6
O young Lochinvar is come out of the west,
Through all the wide Border his steed was the best;
And save his good broadsword he weapons had none,
He rode all unarm'd, and he rode all alone.
So faithful in love, and so dauntless in war,
There never was knight like the young Lochinvar.
He staid not for brake, and he stopp'd not for stone,
He swam the Eske river where ford there was none;
But ere he alighted at Netherby gate,
The bride had consented, the gallant came late:
For a laggard in love, and a dastard in war,
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zach pfeifer 11 February 2020
pretty good. not Emily d but excelsior will see. an arc to read again
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As a 3rd grader at Woomsley House in Bedford England, I also memorized this awesome poem among others; Jabowocky, Walrus & Carpenter. Wow, at 66 yrs old, I can still remember them. What wonderful memories.
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Antoinette David. 12 February 2018
A Great Poem, reminds me of Grade 5. had to memorize the whole poem.
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Bill Wright 03 September 2016
This reminds me of the film The Graduate where Dustin Hoffman turns up and snatches the bride at the altar.
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Fathima Usman 24 July 2016
Medieval poetry does have a charm!
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He was but one And only one to ever be To gallantly lift from netherby A bride as worthy as he.............. Great unmatched poem of its class. I invite you folks to my page too
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Jimmy Wrangler 09 July 2011
Such a great poem. Every 5th and 6th grader in the world ought to have this memorized! !
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J. Hinchey 05 October 2019
lol. 6th grade, Catholic school. Still know it by heart, and still love it.
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Ved Dev 22 January 2009
Quote: But the lost bride of Netherby ne'er did they see! What happened to her?
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Beautiful poetry is poetry that potrays the most complicated matters in life in as simple and as direct a manner possible. And in this case, Sir Walter Scott has put love by itself in the most courages fashion imaginable. Wonderful work.
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John McPartlan 10 June 2004
Sir Walter Scott captures for many the essence of true love through the eloped pair. Doubtless, Ellen was coerced into a lesser marriage by her father while being in love with our hero knight. Lochinvar had not wooed sufficiently to win the permission of Ellen's father to wed her. Many a male will sit on the fence and wait to see what might develop. Lochinvar, like many males, is forced to make a choice. Heroically, he decides to kidnap the willing Ellen and escapes to the glens. A salutary lesson for women: men like sitting on fences until they are pushed to jump either way.
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