"The Will To Do, The Soul To Dare"

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Context: This poetic version of a sixteenth century legend opens with a stirring account of a hunter, who calls himself Fitz-James, chasing a stag into the wild Trossachs region of Scotland. When at last his horse dies under him, the hunter is lost and far separated from all companions except his black hounds. On Loch Katrine's shore he sounds his hunting horn, wondering whether it will be answered by his friends or Highland plunderers. Amazed, he sees in response a little skiff push out from an island, guided by an enchanting girl. She calls aloud for her father, thinking it was his horn she heard, only to start and push her light boat back into the lake when the stranger steps forth. Then she pauses to gaze upon the unknown intruder, who will at the poem's end prove to be James V of Scotland:

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On his bold visage middle ageHad lightly press'd its signet sage,Yet had not quench'd the open truthAnd fiery vehemence of youth;Forward and frolic glee was there,The will to do, the soul to dare.

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