29 Percent!

I've read 29 percent of the complete works of Sir Walter Scott

The Story

In January of 2014, I bought an ebook titled The Complete Works of Sir Walter Scott for two dollars and commenced reading.

As of today, I have read 29 percent of The Complete Works. According to my Bluefire Reader app, I’ve read 5,317 out of 18,096 pages. Only 12,779 pages and about 43 works to go!

My Progress

It has been a lot of fun reading Sir Walter Scott’s historical novels. These are the novels I’ve read thus far:

Guy Mannering
The Antiquary
Black Dwarf
Old Mortality
Rob Roy
The Heart Of Midlothian
The Bride Of Lammermoor
A Legend Of Montrose
The Monastery
The Abbot

My Goal

These are the Sir Walter Scott works I’ve yet to read. If nothing else, the titles of some of these works are fantastic!

The Pirate
The Fortunes Of Nigel
Peveril Of The Peak
Quentin Durward
St. Ronans Well
The Betrothed
The Talisman
The Fair Maid Of Perth
Anne Of Geierstein
Count Robert Of Paris
Castle Dangerous

Shorter Fiction
Chronicles Of The Canongate
The Highland Widow
The Two Drovers
The Surgeon’s Daughter
Stories From The Keepsake
My Aunt Margaret’s Mirror
The Tapestried Chamber
Death Of The Laird’s Jock
The Inferno Of Altisidora
Christopher Corduroy
Depravity Among Animals
A Highland Anecdote

Non Fiction
The Life Of John Dryden
Paul’s Letters To His Kinsfolk
Letters Of Malachi Malagrowther
Tales Of A Grandfather Volume 1
Tales Of A Grandfather Volume 2
Tales Of A Grandfather Volume 3
Tales Of A Grandfather Volume 4
Tales Of A Grandfather Volume 5
The Life Of Napoleon Buonaparte
Letters On Demonology And Witchcraft
Minor Prose Works
The Journal Of Sir Walter Scott

“Annot Lyle’s Songs”
“Ballads, Translated, or Imitated, from the German, &C.”
“Border Ballad”
“Bothwell Castle”
“Cadyow Castle”
“Carle, Now the King’s Come”
“Claud Halcro and Norna”
“Claud Halcro’s Song”
“Claud Halcro’s Verses”
“Cleveland’s Songs”
“Contributions to the Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border”
“County Guy”
“Davie Gellatley’s Song”
“Death Chant”
“Donald Caird’s Come Again”
“Duet Between the Black Knight and Wamba”
“Elspeth’s Ballad”
“Epilogue to the Appeal. Spoken by Mrs. Henry Siddons, 1818”
“Epilogue to the Drama Founded on Saint Ronan’s Well”
“Epitaph on Mrs. Erskine”
“Epitaph. Designed for a Monument in Lichfield Cathedral”
“Farewell to MacKenzie, High Chief of Kintail”
“Farewell to the Muse”
“Flora MacIvor’s Song”
“For a ‘That and a ‘That”
“Frederick and Alice”
“Funeral Hymn”
“Glee for King Charles”
“Glenfinlas, or, Lord Ronald’s Coronach”
“Goldthred’s Song”
“Halbert’s Invocation”
“Harold the Dauntless”
“Health to Lord Melville”
“Hunting Song”
“Imitation of the Farewell to MacKenzie”
“Inscription for the Monument of the Rev. George Scott”
“Jock of Hazeldean”
“Juvenile Lines”
“Lines Addressed to Monsieur Alexandre, the Celebrated Ventriloquist”
“Lines Addressed to Ranald MacDonald, Esq., of Staffa”
“Lines to Sir Cuthbert Sharp”
“Lines Written for Miss Smith”
“Lucy Ashton’s Song”
“Lullaby of an Infant Chief”
“MacGregor’s Gathering”
“MacKrimmon’s Lament”
“Madge Wildfire’s Songs”
“Major Bellenden’s Song”
“March of the Monks of Bangor”
“Miscellaneous Poems”
“Mr. Kemble’s Farewell Address”
“My Aunt Margaret’s Mirror”
“Nora’s Vow”
“Norman the Forester’s Song”
“Norna’s Incantations”
“Oh, Bold and True”
“On a Thunder-storm”
“On Ettrick Forest’s Mountains Dun”
“On the Massacre of Glencoe”
“On the Setting Sun”
“One Hour With Thee”
“Pharos Loquitur”
“Pibroch of Donail Dhu”
“Prologue to Miss Baillik’s Play of the Family Legend”
“Rebecca’s Hymn”
“Rhein-wein Lied”
“Romance of Dunois”
“Saint Cloud”
“Saxon War-song”
“Soldier, Wake”
“Son of a Witch Song”
“Song of the Glee-maiden”
“Song of the Mermaids and Mermen”
“Song of the Zetland Fisherman”
“Song, for the Anniversary Meeting of the Pitt Club of Scotland”
“Songs of the White Lady of Avenel”
“Songs: In Halbert’s Second Interview with the White Lady of Avenel”
“St. Swithin’s Chair”
“The Bannatyne Club”
“The Bard’s Incantation”
“The Barefooted Friar”
“The Battle of Sempach”
“The Black Knight’s Song”
“The Bloody Vest”
“The Bold Dragoon”
“The Bridal of Triermain”
“The Crusader’s Return”
“The Dance of Death”
“The Death of Keeldar”
“The Dying Bard”
“The Dying Gypsy Smuggler”
“The Erl-king”
“The Eve of St. John”
“The Field of Waterloo”
“The Fire-king”
“The Foray”
“The Gray Brother”
“The Lady of the Lake”
“The Lay of Poor Louise”
“The Lay of the Last Minstrel”
“The Lord of the Isles”
“The Maid of Neidpath”
“The Maid of Toro”
“The Noble Moringer”
“The Norman Horse-shoe”
“The Orphan Maid”
“The Palmer”
“The Poacher”
“The Reiver’s Wedding”
“The Resolve”
“The Return to Ulster”
“The Search After Happiness”
“The Secret Tribunal”
“The Shepherd’s Tale”
“The Song of Harold Harfager”
“The Song of the Tempest”
“The Sun Upon the Weirdlaw Hill”
“The Troubadour”
“The Truth of Woman”
“The Violet”
“The Vision of Don Roderick”
“The White Lady to Edward Glendinning”
“The White Lady to Mary Avenel”
“The White Lady’s Farewell”
“The Wild Huntsman”
“The Maid of Isla”
“Thomas the Rhymer”
“To a Lady—With Flowers From a Roman Wall”
“To an Oak Tree”
“To Halbert”
“To His Grace the Duke of Buccleuch”
“To J. G. Lockhart, Esq”
“To the Sub-prior”
“Twist Ye, Twine Ye”
“Verses Found in Bothwell’s Pocket-book”
“Wandering Willie”
“War-songs of the MacLeans”
“War-song of the Royal Edinburgh Light Dragoons”
“William and Helen”

Poetic Plays
Halidon Hill
Macduff’s Cross
The Doom Of Devorgoil

A Poetical Argument

When I was a teenager in junior high school, I was working on a poetry project for a literature class when I came across a poem that was a response to another poem.

It was so interesting to me to realize that a poet could argue with another poet across place and time without ever meeting the other poet in person—especially because I liked both of the poems. I ended up including them both in my project.

The first poem was “Invictus”, a Victorian-era work by an English poet written in 1875 and published in 1888.

The second poem was “The Soul’s Captain”, a Progressive-era work by a Western American poet published in 1926.


by William Ernest Henley

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find me, unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.


The Soul’s Captain
by Orson F. Whitney

Art thou in truth the master of thy fate?
The captain of thy soul?
Then what of him
who bought thee with his blood?
Who plunged into devouring seas
and snatched thee from the raging flood?

Who bore for all our fallen race
what none but him could bear—
the God who died that man might live,
and endless glory share?

Of what avail thy vaunted strength,
Apart from his vast might?
Pray that his Light
may pierce the gloom,
that thou might see aright.

Men are as bubbles on the wave,
as leaves upon the tree,
O’ captain of thy soul, explain!
Who gave that place to thee?

Free will is thine—free agency,
To wield for right or wrong;
But thou must answer unto him
To whom all souls belong.

Bend to the dust thy head “unbowed,”
small part of Life’s great whole!
And see in him, and him alone,
The Captain of thy soul.


A Poem About Prayer

I recently came into possession of a copy of The Complete Works of George Herbert, which I’ve been reading and savoring. (George Herbert was a 17th-century English poet and Anglican priest.) I was especially moved by this sacred poem on prayer, which is part of a beautiful collection of religious poetry by Herbert called The Temple published in 1633.

Prayer (I)
by George Herbert

Prayer the church’s banquet, angel’s age,
         God’s breath in man returning to his birth,
         The soul in paraphrase, heart in pilgrimage,
The Christian plummet sounding heav’n and earth
Engine against th’ Almighty, sinner’s tow’r,
         Reversed thunder, Christ-side-piercing spear,
         The six-days world transposing in an hour,
A kind of tune, which all things hear and fear;
Softness, and peace, and joy, and love, and bliss,
         Exalted manna, gladness of the best,
         Heaven in ordinary, man well drest,
The milky way, the bird of Paradise,
         Church-bells beyond the stars heard, the soul’s blood,
         The land of spices; something understood.