"My hawk is tired of perch and hood, My idle grey-hound loathes his food, My horse is weary of his stall, And I am sick of captive thrall. I wish I were, as I have been, Hunting the hart in forests green, With bended bow and blood-hound free, For that's the life is meet for me. "I hate to learn the ebb of time, From yon dull steeple's drowsy chime, Or mark it as the sun-beams crawl, Inch after inch, along the wall. The lark was wont my matins ring, The sable rook my vespers sing; These towers, although a king's they be, Have not a hall of joy for me. "No more at dawning morn I rise, And sun myself in Ellen's eyes, Drive the fleet deer the forest through, And homeward wend with evening dew; A blithsome welcome blithely meet, And lay my trophies at her feet, While fled the eve on wings of glee, - That life is lost to love and me!"
Confirmed with The Lady of the Lake. A Poem. By Walter Scott, Esq. The fourth edition. Edinburgh: Printed for John Ballantyne and Co. Edinburgh; and Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, and W. Miller, London. 1810, pages 279-280.
- by Walter Scott, Sir (1771 - 1832), "Lay of the imprisoned Huntsman", appears in The Lady of the Lake, in 6. Canto Sixth. The Guard-Room., no. 24, first published 1810 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Adam Storck (1780 - 1822) , "Lied des gefangenen Jägers", appears in Das Fräulein vom See, in 6. Sechster Gesang. Die Wachtstube., first published 1819 CAT DUT FRE ITA ; composed by Franz Peter Schubert.
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