Happy Valentine’s Day + Giveaway! +

Hello Everyone! Happy Valentine’s Day!

That’s right, it’s Valentine’s Day. A day all about romance and love, which means you’re in the perfect place.

To me, romance goes hand in hand with poetry. So, here is my favorite romantic poem. (At least, to me it’s romantic. I’ve heard other interpretations, but I like my romantic one.) Sir Walter Scott wrote this poem in the early 1800’s so, when I read it, I like to imagine the Bennet sisters reading it, and wonder what they would think.


Sir Walter Scott

O young Lochinvar is come out of the west,
Through all the wide Border his steed was the best;
And save his good broadsword he weapons had none,
He rode all unarm’d, and he rode all alone.
So faithful in love, and so dauntless in war,
There never was knight like the young Lochinvar.

He staid not for brake, and he stopp’d not for stone,
He swam the Eske river where ford there was none;
But ere he alighted at Netherby gate,
The bride had consented, the gallant came late:
For a laggard in love, and a dastard in war,
Was to wed the fair Ellen of brave Lochinvar.

So boldly he enter’d the Netherby Hall,
Among bride’s-men, and kinsmen, and brothers and all:
Then spoke the bride’s father, his hand on his sword,
(For the poor craven bridegroom said never a word,)
“O come ye in peace here, or come ye in war,
Or to dance at our bridal, young Lord Lochinvar?”

“I long woo’d your daughter, my suit you denied;—
Love swells like the Solway, but ebbs like its tide—
And now I am come, with this lost love of mine,
To lead but one measure, drink one cup of wine.
There are maidens in Scotland more lovely by far,
That would gladly be bride to the young Lochinvar.”

The bride kiss’d the goblet: the knight took it up,
He quaff’d off the wine, and he threw down the cup.
She look’d down to blush, and she look’d up to sigh,
With a smile on her lips and a tear in her eye.
He took her soft hand, ere her mother could bar,—
“Now tread we a measure!” said young Lochinvar.

So stately his form, and so lovely her face,
That never a hall such a galliard did grace;
While her mother did fret, and her father did fume,
And the bridegroom stood dangling his bonnet and plume;
And the bride-maidens whisper’d, “’twere better by far
To have match’d our fair cousin with young Lochinvar.”

One touch to her hand, and one word in her ear,
When they reach’d the hall-door, and the charger stood near;
So light to the croupe the fair lady he swung,
So light to the saddle before her he sprung!
“She is won! we are gone, over bank, bush, and scaur;
They’ll have fleet steeds that follow,” quoth young Lochinvar.

There was mounting ’mong Graemes of the Netherby clan;
Forsters, Fenwicks, and Musgraves, they rode and they ran:
There was racing and chasing on Cannobie Lee,
But the lost bride of Netherby ne’er did they see.
So daring in love, and so dauntless in war,
Have ye e’er heard of gallant like young Lochinvar?

Now for the Giveaway!

Two lucky winners will each get her choice of two of the following four eBooks: Love, Letters and Lies – The Long Road to Longbourn – The Archaeologist’s Daughter – The Duke’s Widow. They include our newest variation, our best received variation and the first two books in my Regency Romance trilogy, Under the Shadow of the Marquess, published by Scarsdale Publishing. This Giveaway runs for a week, and winners will be announced on February 24th, along with the Austen Authors Quarterly Giveaway winners!

To enter, answer one or more of the questions below, or just say hello.

Which Bennet sister would enjoy Lochinvar most?

Which Bennet sister would enjoy Lochinvar least?

Would Elizabeth like this poem?

Would Mr. Darcy like this poem?

What is your favorite romantic poem?

Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day, everyone. May your life be full of love!

65 Responses to Happy Valentine’s Day + Giveaway! +

  1. Summer, thanks for bringing this beautiful poem to our attention. I think Mary would least enjoy it. And I actually think Lizzy would enjoy the drama of it. Thanks again.

    • I’m starting to want to write a version of Mary who would secretly enjoy it 🙂 Everyone is so certain she would disapprove (a conclusion I can only agree with). I hadn’t considered Georgiana until someone else brought her up, but I think she would like it best.

  2. I agree that Elizabeth and Jane would enjoy it, tho it might trouble Jane a bit. Mary would turn her nose up at it, and it would be too long for Lydia and kitty’s attention span. The beginning Darcy might not approve, but I can see him and E reading it together later on.
    Though it is tragic, I love another poem called the Highwayman as sung by Loreena McKennitt.

    • Several other people have mentioned the Highwayman. I haven’t read it. I can see that I should, although it sounds like it will make me cry. I suppose there’s only one way to find out 🙂

  3. I can definitely see Elizabeth reading this poem to Jane. Neither Lydia nor Kitty would bother to open a book to read no matter how romantic it was. Mary would only lecture about how wrong it was to take another’s bride especially from her wedding celebration. Darcy’s sister would read the poem aloud to her brother and he would like it because he would do anything to make her happy again but would feel it was an unrealistic look at love. After all no one ever feels that way about true love and marriage, until he meets Elizabeth and finally understands what it is like to truly love someone.

    • It’s actually always surprised me that Sir Walter Scott didn’t have Lochinvar arrive until after the ceremony. Of course, it was as of yet unconsummated and people could divorce in Scotland in the early 1800s (I believe), so maybe it’s not as scandalous as it seems that Lochinvar took his lady love away post-ceremony. Still, I think Darcy would have found it all implausible, or perhaps scandalous or silly. Until he realizes his love for Elizabeth.

  4. Thank you for sharing as well as for the giveaway and I hope you had a Happy Valentines Day! I don’t think I have really read any poems since I took a British Literature classes in High School / College but I remember reading some Shakespeare Sonnets and really liked Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116.

    SONNET 116
    Let me not to the marriage of true minds
    Admit impediments. Love is not love
    Which alters when it alteration finds,
    Or bends with the remover to remove:
    O no; it is an ever-fixed mark,
    That looks on tempests, and is never shaken;
    It is the star to every wandering bark,
    Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
    Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
    Within his bending sickle’s compass come;
    Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
    But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
    If this be error and upon me proved,
    I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

    • I did have a good Valentine’s Day, except that I accidentally got a vanilla cake instead of chocolate. Live can be hard, right? 🙂 I hope you did as well. Thank you for putting a copy of the sonnet so I can read it 🙂

  5. I like limericks better. Which I am afraid Lydia and Kitty would also prefer. They would love the romantic aspects of Lochinvar, but way too many lines.
    A limerick packs laughs astronomical,
    Into space that is quite economical.
    But the good ones, it seems,
    So seldom are clean,
    And the clean ones so seldom are comical!

  6. I LOVE the Highway Man. It’s a brilliant poem. I’m not mad into poetry but I read a lot of World War 1 poems. This is one that speaks to my heart. Not a poem to a lover, but a love poem just the same:

    An open drawer, a woman lowly kneeling,
    Some little crimson shoes, a lock of hair,
    Some childish toys, an engine and a trumpet,
    A headless horse, a battered Teddy bear.
    Some school-boy books, all inky, torn and thumb-marked,
    A treasured bat, his favorite cricket ball,
    The things he loved, the letters that he wrote her-
    And now she places on the top of all
    A soldier’s sword, his photograph in khaki-
    The boyish eyes smile back into her eyes.
    While in her hand she holds a V.C. tightly,
    And in her heart a grave in Flanders lies.

    Hope that’s not too depressing for Valentine’s Day. There are many types of love and this poem has stayed with me since the first time I read it.

    • That is a lovely poem. It is sad, but that’s always a risk when reading poetry. It’s about emotion, and what greater emotion is there than love? Since many sides of love can be melancholy, that must be reflected in the art.

  7. I would like to give joy and enliven Mary. With his accent and words of endearment, Mary might be wooed to marriage. Least likely would be Lydia, as she might not understand what he said. I think both Lizzie and Darcy will love the poem since both likes to read literary pieces and appreciates them. The favorite poem I like is the given by my spouse. It is in another language so it is hard to share coz some words will lose it’s meaning.

    Thank you for ahring and thank you for the give-away.

    Happy hearts Day to all!!

  8. I agree with some of the comments about Lydia not having the patience or the interest to actually READ the poem. I can imagine her listening to Wickham or Denny (or even Colonel Fitzwilliam!) read it out loud and then she would swoon with pleasure because she imagines them (and all soldiers) as Lochinvar-like heroes, so then she would enjoy it the most! Lizzy would love it, I think, and would gladly read it aloud to Jane.
    I think Mary would be offended at the impropriety of it all, but deep down inside, she would be thrilled.
    I think Darcy would like it, especially after his consciousness is raised, because he is a Lochinvar-type himself. Certainly that is how he acted in saving Lydia.

    My favorite romantic poem is The Passionate Shepherd to His Love, by Christopher Marlowe: “Come live with me and be my love, and we will all the pleasures prove . . . ” I can never choose which of Shakespeare’s sonnets I love most!

    • I mostly agree, except that I’m still not sure how Darcy would take it. I do think, for sure, that beginning of the book Darcy wouldn’t like the poem.

      I’ve never read The Passionate Shepherd. I’ll have to look it up 🙂

  9. This is a hard one. Which Bennet sister? I would love to say Lydia but I can’t picture her reading Lochinvar. Kitty follows her so that is a no for her. Mary wouldn’t read it but wouldn’t it be nice if she came across it and it awakened a hidden side of herself. Jane and Elizabeth might read it together at night the day before the assembly in Meryton.

  10. I would bet Lydia would hate it, if she even listened to it. I get it. I’m not into poetry either. Except for one: INDWELLING

    IF thou couldst empty all thyself of self,
    Like to a shell dishabited,
    Then might He find thee on the Ocean shelf,
    And say—” This is not dead,”—
    And fill thee with Himself instead.

    But thou art all replete with very thou,
    And hast such shrewd activity,
    That, when He comes, He says :—” This is enow
    Unto itself—’Twere better let it be:
    It is so small and full, there is no room for Me.”

  11. Lizzy would enjoy Lochinvar and she would enjoy the poem; do would Darcy. Lydia would not enjoy Lochinvar, nor would she enjoy reading the poem. I think the poem I think to be romantic would be Sheakspear’s The Rose and I don’t know if I got that right or not, it has been way to long and poetry was never my forte, I never understood it and no one ever explained it.

  12. I think both Elizabeth and Darcy would enjoy the poem as both of them read books of poems. I also believe that Lydia doesn’t read or take the time to read but would like the adventure of Lochinvar. Mary and Kitty would least be interested. Jane didn’t read much so that covers all the sisters. I really don’t have a favorite poem but I do love most of them.

    • I’m not sure Darcy would like it… dashing off with an already married woman. How improper! 🙂 Maybe ‘end of the book’ Darcy would appreciate it more than ‘start of the book’ Darcy.

  13. I think Lydia would like it most as it is dashing and romantic. Mary would definitely like it the least. I can hear Elizabeth reading the poem to her sisters using different voices. Thank you for the giveaway.

    • I like the idea of Elizabeth reading it aloud. She would be the best choice for doing that. I agree, Lydia would imagine dashing off, and love the poem. After all, we all know she does dash off with her ‘beloved.’ I think Lizzy would want to find it too romantic and impractical, but would like it more than she cared to admit.

    • Because she’s just too literal? 🙂 Also, I don’t know if it offers any quotes she could try to use. She seems to only read what she can later quote.

  14. Happy Valentine’s Day! This is one of my favorite sites, so I just wanted to say thank you! As far as poetry goes, hmmm. I’m not much of a poetry fan. I suppose my favorite would be Poe’s “The Raven”. I know it’s not usually considered romantic, but since it gives me the chills and makes me want to snuggle with my loved ones, I think it counts!

    • We’re very happy you enjoy Austen Authors, Alecia 🙂

      I love The Raven. I’m willing to go along with you. If not romantic, it certainly has a deep, resonating power to it that’s near the mark.

  15. I think Lizzy would enjoy it most because I think deep down she is a romantic at heart. Lydia would probably be too busy running around to read it at all! Are the books in your giveaway print books or ebooks? I’m sorry I was just curious.

    • Hi Cindie 🙂 Well, I meant ebook, but I didn’t specify, so, if you win and would like a print book, I am happy to send you one 🙂 (You’d have to wait for The Duke’s Widow as it won’t be out in print for a few more months)

  16. I think both Lydia and Kitty would like it the least, their attention span would not last beyond the first line, though I can’t imagine Mary bothering even to start

  17. Happy Valentines Day. Kitty would like this best for its swoon factor, and Lydia would like it least, because she’d never take time to read it.

    • That was funny, Leslie. I got halfway through the ‘Lydia would like it least’ and was thinking, why wouldn’t she like the romance of it? But you had a good reason! 🙂

    • Another vote for Shakespeare, but a different Sonnet 🙂

      I don’t read “When You Are Old” because it makes me cry.

      I haven’t read “The Highwayman.” Now I’m a little afraid to.

  18. Hello!
    Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone!
    Thank you beloved authors for all your stories. Keep on writing.,
    Everyone, please keep warm and safe during this very stormy weather!

  19. Happy Valentine’s Day!

    My favorite poem is Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116. I even referenced it in my debut novel 🙂

    • A classic! I’ll have to reread it. I haven’t read his sonnets since I was in high school… so a long time ago!

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