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And the bride-maidens whispered, ""Twere better by far

To have match'd our fair cousin with young Lochinvar!"

One touch to her hand and one word in her ear, When they reach'd the hall door, and the charger

stood near;

So light to the croup 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,

They'll 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 Lea;

But the lost bride of Netherby ne'er did they see. So daring in love, and so dauntless in war,

Have ye e'er heard of gallant like young Lochinvar?

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The Child of the Sea was now twelve years old, but in stature he seemed fifteen. He had served the queen, but when Oriana came, the queen gave her the Child of the Sea to serve her. Oriana said that it pleased her. That word the child kept in his heart, so that he never lost it from his memory. All his life he was never weary of serving her, for as well as he loved her did she also love him.

And now the time came that he thought he could take arms if he were knighted. With this desire he went to the king, and fell upon his knees before him. "Sire, if it please you, it is time for me to receive knighthood."

"How, Child of the Sea?" said Languines, "are you strong enough to maintain knighthood? It is easy to receive, but difficult to maintain."

"I shall not fail as a knight," said the lad. "Since you have brought me up, complete what you ought to do. If not, I will seek some other who will do it.”

The king, who feared lest he should do this, replied, "Child of the Sea, I promise to do this. Your arms shall be got ready, but to whom did you think to go?" "To King Perion, who has married the sister of your queen.

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"Now," said the king, "be satisfied, it shall be done." And he gave orders that the arms should be made.

One day a damsel came with a sword, a ring, and a letter in wax. The Child of the Sea was with the ladies of the palace, when a page entered and told him there was a strange damsel without who brought presents for him.

Oriana told the Child of the Sea to let the damsel come in, that they might see the presents. Accordingly she entered, and said, "Sir Child of the Sea, a good friend salutes you and sends you this sword and this ring and this wax. He begs that you will wear this sword while you live, for his sake."

He took the presents, and laid the ring and the wax in his lap. Then he unrolled the sword from a linen cloth in which it was wrapped. He then wondered greatly that it should be without a scabbard.

While he was looking at the sword, the king came in and asked him what he thought of it. "It seems

a goodly one, sir," said he, "but I marvel wherefore it hath no scabbard." "It is fifteen years," said the king, "since it had one."

Taking him by the hand, he led him apart. As they were conversing, a knight came to inform the king that King Perion was arrived. Languines went to welcome him. "I come to seek for friends," said Perion. "The King of Ireland wars upon me, and is now in my country. I have lost many of my people in battle, and others whom I trusted have failed me."

"Brother," replied Languines, "I shall aid you the best I can." All this while had the Child of the Sea been looking earnestly at Perion. He had heard the fame of his great goodness in arins. He desired to be made a knight by his hand, rather than by any other man in the world.

To attain this purpose, he thought best to entreat the queen. He found her so sad, however, that he would not speak to her. Going to where Oriana was, he knelt before her, and said, "Lady Oriana, could I know by you the cause of the queen's sadness?" Oriana's heart leaped at seeing him whom she most loved before her. "Child of the Sea," she said, "this is the first thing you have ever asked of me, and I shall do it with a good will."

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