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Marmion, ed. Bayne
Sir Walter Scott

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MARMION: A TALE OF FLODDEN FIELD
edited by Henry Morley 

INTRODUCTION. 

The "Lay of the Last Minstrel," Scott's first romantic tale, was
published in January, 1805, and won for its author his first great
success.  The writing of "Marmion" was begun in November, 1806.
Constable offered as publisher to pay at once a thousand guineas for
the copyright, when he heard that the new poem was begun, though he
had not yet seen a line of it.  Miller and Murray joined, each
taking a fourth part of the venture, and John Murray said, "We both
view it as honourable, profitable, and glorious to be concerned in
the publication of a new poem by Walter Scott." Scott, thirty-five
years old, had the impulse upon his mind of a preceding great
success, took more than usual pains, and thoroughly enjoyed the
writing.  On pleasant knolls, under trees, and by the banks of
Yarrow, many lines were written; and trotting quietly over the hills

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