1 May 1997: Angel holding
Sir Walter Scott's poem "The Lay of the Last
Minstrel" includes the following about Rosslyn Chapel and the Sinclair
knights buried there beneath the chapel in their full armor:
"O'er Roslin all that dreary night
A wondrous blaze was seen to gleam;
'Twas broader than the watch-fire light,
And redder than the bright moonbeam.
It glared on Roslin's castled rock,
It ruddied all the copse-wood glen;
'Twas seen from Dryden's groves of oak,
And seen from caverned Hawthornden.
Seemed all in fire that chapel proud,
Where Roslin's chiefs uncoffined lie;
Each Baron for a sable shroud,
Sheathed in his iron ponoply.
Seemed all on fire within, around,
Deep sacristy and altar pale;
Shone every pillar foliage bound,
And glimmered at the dead man's mail.
Blazed battlement and pinnet high,
Blazed every rose-carved buttress fair --
So still they blaze when fate is nigh,
The lordly line of high St. Clair.
There are twenty of Roslin's barons bold,
Lie buried in that proud chapelle;
Each one the holy vault doth hold --
But the sea holds lovely Rosabelle.
And each St. Clair was buried there,
With candle, with book, and with knell;
But the sea-caves rung, and the wild winds sung,
The dirge of Lovely Rosabelle."