from Marmion: a Tale of Flodden Field, Canto V (1808)
by Sir Walter Scott (17711832)
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 unarmd, 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 stoppd not for stone,
He swam the Esk 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,
Was to wed the fair Ellen
of brave Lochinvar.
So boldly he enterd the Netherby Hall,
Among brides-men, and kinsmen, and brothers and all:
Then spoke the brides father, his hand on his sword,
(For the poor craven bridegroom said never a word,)
O come ye in peace
here, or come ye in war,
Or to dance at our bridal,
young Lord Lochinvar?
I long wood your daughter, my suit you denied;
Love swells like the Solway, but ebbs like its tide
And now I am come, with this lost love of mine,
To lead but one measure, drink one cup of wine.
There are maidens in Scotland
more lovely by far,
That would gladly be bride
to the young Lochinvar.
The bride kissd the goblet: the knight took it up,
He quaffd off the wine, and he threw down the cup.
She lookd down to blush, and she lookd up to sigh,
With a smile on her lips and a tear in her eye.
He took her soft hand, ere
her mother could bar,
Now tread we a measure!
said young Lochinvar.
So stately his form, and so lovely her face,
That never a hall such a galliard did grace;
While her mother did fret, and her father did fume
And the bridegroom stood dangling his bonnet and plume;
And the bride-maidens whisperd,
To have matchd our
fair cousin with young Lochinvar.
One touch to her hand, and one word in her ear,
When they reachd the hall-door, and the charger stood near;
So light to the croupe the fair lady he swung,
So light to the saddle before her he sprung!
She is won! we are
gone, over bank, bush, and scaur;
Theyll have fleet
steeds that follow, quoth young Lochinvar.
There was mounting mong Graemes of the Netherby clan;
Forsters, Fenwicks, and Musgraves, they rode and they ran:
There was racing and chasing on Cannobie Lee,
But the lost bride of Netherby neer did they see.
So daring in love, and so
dauntless in war,
Have ye eer heard
of gallant like young Lochinvar?