Lucy Ashton's Song
Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832), English poet

Look not thou on beauty's charming;
Sit thou still when kings are arming;
Taste not when the wine-cup glistens;
Speak not when the people listens;
Stop thine ear against the singer;
From the red gold keep thy finger;
Vacant hand and heart and eye.
Easy live and quiet die.

from The Le Gallienne Book of English Verse (1922)


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