544. Lucy Ashton's Song

Sir Walter Scott. 1771-1832

LOOK not thou on beauty's charming;
Sit thou still when kings are arming;
Taste not when the wine-cup glistens;
Speak not when the people listens;
Stop thine ear against the singer;
From the red gold keep thy finger;
Vacant heart and hand and eye,
Easy live and quiet die.

The Oxford Book of English Verse, HTML edition