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date: 18 May 2024

Sir Walter Scott 1771–1832
Scottish novelist and poet 

  1. But answer came there none.
    The Bridal of Triermain (1813) canto 3, st. 10; see Carroll
  2. Vacant heart and hand, and eye,—
    Easy live and quiet die.
    The Bride of Lammermoor (1819)
  3. Yet seemed that tone, and gesture bland,
    Less used to sue than to command.
    The Lady of the Lake (1810) canto 1, st. 21; see Shakespeare
  4. And the stern joy which warriors feel
    In foemen worthy of their steel.
    The Lady of the Lake (1810) canto 5, st. 10
  5. Love rules the court, the camp, the grove
    And men below and saints above
    For love is heaven, and heaven is love.
    The Lay of the Last Minstrel (1805) canto 3, stanza 2
  6. It is the secret sympathy,
    The silver link, the silken tie,
    Which heart to heart, and mind to mind,
    In body and in soul can bind.
    The Lay of the Last Minstrel (1805) canto 5, st. 13
  7. Breathes there the man, with soul so dead,
    Who never to himself hath said,
    This is my own, my native land!
    The Lay of the Last Minstrel (1805) canto 6, st. 1
  8. And, doubly dying, shall go down
    To the vile dust, from whence he sprung,
    Unwept, unhonoured, and unsung.
    The Lay of the Last Minstrel (1805) canto 6, st. 1
  9. O Caledonia! stern and wild,
    Meet nurse for a poetic child!
    The Lay of the Last Minstrel (1805) canto 6, st. 2
  10. O! many a shaft, at random sent,
    Finds mark the archer little meant!
    And many a word, at random spoken,
    May soothe or wound a heart that's broken.
    The Lord of the Isles (1813) canto 5, st. 18
  11. And come he slow, or come he fast,
    It is but Death who comes at last.
    Marmion (1808) canto 2, st. 30
  12. O, young Lochinvar is come out of the west,
    Through all the wide Border his steed was the best.
    Marmion (1808) canto 5, st. 12 (‘Lochinvar’ st. 1)
  13. So faithful in love, and so dauntless in war,
    There never was knight like the young Lochinvar.
    Marmion (1808) canto 5, st. 12 (‘Lochinvar’ st. 1)
  14. For a laggard in love, and a dastard in war,
    Was to wed the fair Ellen of brave Lochinvar.
    Marmion (1808) canto 5, st. 12 (‘Lochinvar’ st. 2)
  15. O what a tangled web we weave,
    When first we practise to deceive!
    Marmion (1808) canto 6, st. 17
  16. O Woman! in our hours of ease,
    Uncertain, coy, and hard to please,
    And variable as the shade
    By the light quivering aspen made;
    When pain and anguish wring the brow,
    A ministering angel thou!
    Marmion (1808) canto 6, st. 30; see Shakespeare
  17. It's no fish ye're buying—it's men's lives.
    The Antiquary (1816) ch. 11
  18. Touch not the cat but a glove.
    ‘but’ = without
    The Fair Maid of Perth (1828) ch. 34
  19. It's ill taking the breeks aff a wild Highlandman.
    The Fortunes of Nigel (1822)
  20. The hour is come, but not the man.
    The Heart of Midlothian (1818) ch. 4, title
  21. The ae half of the warld thinks the tither daft.
    Redgauntlet (1824)
  22. There's a gude time coming.
    Rob Roy (1817) ch. 32
  23. The play-bill, which is said to have announced the tragedy of Hamlet, the character of the Prince of Denmark being left out.
    commonly alluded to as ‘Hamlet without the Prince’
    The Talisman (1825) introduction; W. J. Parke Musical Memories (1830) vol. 1 gives a similar anecdote from 1787
  24. The Big Bow-Wow strain I can do myself like any now going; but the exquisite touch, which renders ordinary commonplace things and characters interesting, from the truth of the description and the sentiment, is denied to me.
    on Jane Austen
    W. E. K. Anderson (ed.) Journals of Sir Walter Scott (1972) 14 March 1826; see Pembroke
  25. All men who have turned out worth anything have had the chief hand in their own education.
    letter to J. G. Lockhart, 16 June 1830, in H. J. C. Grierson (ed.) Letters of Sir Walter Scott vol. 11 (1936)