Lucy Ashton's Song Poem by Sir Walter Scott

Lucy Ashton's Song

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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 OF THE POEM
Geoffrey Plowden 11 August 2019

Scott was so much greater than people now realise.

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Bill Wright 03 September 2016

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

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Cem 16 February 2021

Lucy Ashton is a character in 'A room with a view' by E M Forster. In the novel she sings these words at the piano.

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Ratnakar Mandlik 15 June 2016

Vacant heart and hand and eye, Easy live and quiet die. Wisest observations. Thanks for sharing it here.

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Rajnish Manga 15 June 2016

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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