Lucy Ashton's Song

Lucy Ashton's Song
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.
Sir Walter Scott

from The Bride of Lammermoor

Sir Walter Scott

Though best known now as the author of The Waverley Novels, Sir Walter Scott's first love and earliest success was as a poet.

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