Minstrelsy of the Scottish Borders
The following is from Volumes I and II of the Minstrelsy of the Scottish
Borders by Sir Walter Scott:
Historical and Romantic Ballads, Collected in the Southern Counties of Scotland;
With a Few of Modern Date, Founded Upon Local Tradition
The songs, to savage virtue dear.
That won of yore the public ear,
Ere Polity, sedate and sage,
Had quench'd the fires of feudal rage.
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