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With that he shook the gather'd heath, And spread his plaid upon the wreath ; And the brave foemen, side by side, Lay peaceful down like brothers tried, And slept until the dawning beam Purpled the mountain and the stream.

1 (MS.—"And slept until the dawning streak

Purpled the mountain and the lake."]

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THE

LADY OF THE LAKE.

CANTO FIFTH.

The combat.

I.
FAIR as the earliest beam of eastern light,

When first, by the bewilder'd pilgrim spied,
It smiles upon the dreary brow of night,

And silvers o'er the torrent's foaming tide, And lights the fearful path on mountain side;

Fair as that beam, although the fairest far, Giving to horror grace, to danger pride,

Shine martial Faith, and Courtesy's bright star, Through all the wreckful storms that cloud the brow

of War.

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II.
That early beam, so fair and sheen,
Was twinkling through the hazel screen,

*[MS.—"And lights the fearful way along its side."]

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