The Lady of the Lake

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Author: Walter Scott

XXVI.

It was a lodge of ample size,
But strange of structure and device;
Of such materials as around
The workman’s hand had readiest found.
Lopped of their boughs, their hoar trunks bared,
And by the hatchet rudely squared,
To give the walls their destined height,
The sturdy oak and ash unite;
While moss and clay and leaves combined
To fence each crevice from the wind.
The lighter pine-trees overhead
Their slender length for rafters spread,
And withered heath and rushes dry
Supplied a russet canopy.
Due westward, fronting to the green,
A rural portico was seen,
Aloft on native pillars borne,
Of mountain fir with bark unshorn
Where Ellen’s hand had taught to twine
The ivy and Idaean vine,
The clematis, the favored flower
Which boasts the name of virgin-bower,
And every hardy plant could bear
Loch Katrine’s keen and searching air.
An instant in this porch she stayed,
And gayly to the stranger said:
’On heaven and on thy lady call,
And enter the enchanted hall!’

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Chicago: Walter Scott, "XXVI.," The Lady of the Lake, ed. Sutherland, Alexander, 1853-1902 and trans. Seaton, R. C. in The Lady of the Lake (New York: George E. Wood, ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892), Original Sources, accessed January 16, 2019, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=QBR27XH5N4IRWEJ.

MLA: Scott, Walter. "XXVI." The Lady of the Lake, edited by Sutherland, Alexander, 1853-1902, and translated by Seaton, R. C., in The Lady of the Lake, New York, George E. Wood, ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892, Original Sources. 16 Jan. 2019. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=QBR27XH5N4IRWEJ.

Harvard: Scott, W, 'XXVI.' in The Lady of the Lake, ed. and trans. . cited in ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892, The Lady of the Lake, George E. Wood, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 16 January 2019, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=QBR27XH5N4IRWEJ.