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" IF thou would'st view fair Melrose aright, Go visit it by the pale moon-light ; For the gay beams of lightsome day Gild, but to flout, the ruins gray. "
Anthologia oxoniensis - Page 102
by William Linwood - 1846 - 306 pages
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Cyclopędia of English Literature: A History, Critical and ..., Volume 2

Robert Chambers - English literature - 1844
...picturesque are the following passages, which instantly became popular : — [Description of Mdrox Abbey."} e fountain's murmure, and the vul lev's pride ; Why...think we these less pleasing to behold Than dreary ni«ht, And each shafted oriel glimmers white; When the cold light's uncertain shower Streams on the...
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A Short History of English Versification from the Earliest Times to the ...

Max Kaluza - English language - 1911 - 396 pages
...example, making free use of the four-beat verse among the four-bar verses in their narrative poems; cp. : If thou would'st view fair Melrose aright, Go visit...moonlight; For the gay beams of lightsome day Gild, but to ilout, the ruins grey. When the broken arches are black in night, And each shafted oriel glimmers white;...
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Scott, Chaucer, and Medieval Romance: A Study in Sir Walter Scott's ...

Jerome Mitchell - Literary Criticism - 1987 - 268 pages
...Abbey, the "ruin'd pile" which Scott describes most memorably in the first verse-paragraph of Canto II: If thou would'st view fair Melrose aright, Go visit...pale moonlight; For the gay beams of lightsome day (jild, but to flout, the ruins grey. When the broken arches are black in night, And each shafted oriel...
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T. R. Malthus: The Unpublished Papers in the Collection of Kanto ..., Volume 2

T. R. Malthus - Business & Economics - 2004
...tall rock with lichens grey, / Seem'd dimly huge the dark Abbaye.'; and Canto Second. Stanza 1: "1f thou would'st view fair Melrose aright, / Go visit...moonlight; / For the gay beams of lightsome day / Gild, hut to flout, the ruins grey. / When the broken arches are black in night, / And each shafted oriel...
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The Wordsworth Dictionary of Quotations

Connie Robertson - Reference - 1998 - 669 pages
...the stem joy which warrlors feel In foemen worthy of their steel. 10022 The Lay of the Last Minstrel \ z } - 10023 The Lay of the Last Minstrel They waste their toil For the vain tribute of a smile. 1 0024 The...
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The Romantic National Tale and the Question of Ireland

Ina Ferris - Literary Criticism - 2002 - 205 pages
...ruins by moonlight, and produced probably the most quoted ruin tag in English in the entire century: "If thou would'st view fair Melrose aright, / Go visit it by the pale moonlight.'" 4 The verse that follows the familiar couplet explicitly turns Melrose Abbey from a ruined building...
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Selected Poems

Walter Scott - Literary Collections - 2003 - 253 pages
...Lay of the Last Minstrel (In each of these passages, the Minstrel sings of himself) CANTO SECOND i If thou would'st view fair Melrose aright, Go visit...beams of lightsome day Gild but to flout, the ruins grey, When the broken arches are black in night, And each shafted oriel glimmers white; When the cold...
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Victorian Photography and Literary Nostalgia

Helen Groth, Lecturer Department of English Helen Groth - Literary Criticism - 2003 - 244 pages
...lines of Scott's description of Melrose: If thou would'st view fair Melrose aright. Go visit it by pale moonlight; For the gay beams of lightsome day, Gild, but to flout, the ruins grey. When the broken arches are black in night, And each shafted oriel glimmers white; When the cold...
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Medievalism: The Middle Ages in Modern England

Michael Alexander - History - 2007 - 306 pages
...stained glass of Melrose Abbey features earlier in The Lay. Canto II begins with advice to tourists: 'If thou would'st view fair Melrose aright,/ Go visit it by the pale moonlight'. Stained glass is translucent, and the Melrose moonlight casts a light more picturesque than religious:...
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Scottish and Irish Romanticism

Murray Pittock - Literary Criticism - 2008 - 304 pages
...dead are more powerful than the living. The scene is set in Scottian terms, and Connal even quotes 'If thou wouldst view fair Melrose aright, go visit it by the pale moonlight'. He, Armida, and Wandesford, her English fiance, all visit the island and are nearly drowned on their...
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