BREATHES THERE A MAN

SIR WALTER SCOTT

 

 

 

 

 

1.     All          Breathes there the man with soul so dead

2.                  Who never to himself hath said,

3.     Reader 1     This is my own, my native land!

4.     All          Whose heart hath ne'er within him burned,

5.                  As home his footsteps he hath turned

6.                  From wandering on a foreign strand?

7.     Reader 2     If such there breathe, go, mark him well;

8.                  For him no minstrel raptures swell.

9.     Reader 3     High though his titles, proud his name,

10.                             Boundless his wealth as wish can claim,

11.                             Despite those titles, power, and pelf,

12.                             The wretch, concentered all in self,

13.                All          Living, shall forfeit fair renown,

14.                             And, doubly dying, shall go down

15.                             To the vile dust from whence he sprung,

16.                             Unwept, unhonored, and unsung.

 

 

Glossary:

Forfeit – surrender as a penalty

Minstrel – a singer or poet

Ne’er - never

Pelf – wealth

Raptures – joy

Strand – shore

Vile – foul, filthy