But still, as wilder blew the wind, And as the night grew drearer, Adown the glen rode armed men- Their trampling sounded nearer. Haste thee, haste! Come back! Summary The beautiful and young daughter of Lord Ullin fell in love with the Chieftain of Ulva isle in Scotland and wanted to marry him. Since Lord Ullin was deadly against their alliance, the lovers decided to elope. As soon as Lord Ullin came to know of their elopement, he led a group of his armed men and gave them a hot chase.
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Each of these stanzas is again made up of 4 lines. Hence, the entire poem consists of 52 lines in total. In this stanza, the boatman asks who it is that wants to cross the Lochgyle Lake on such a stormy day. In reply, the chieftain identifies himself as the ruler of Ulva and his lady companion as the daughter of one Lord Ullin, the chieftain of a neighbouring isle. He then asks the boatman who would cheer his bride once he had been killed after Lord Ullin discovers them journeying together.
In this stanza, the poet describes the boatman as a hardy lad who readily agrees to take the Chief of Ulva across the lake not for his offer of money, but at the thought of his innocent companion.
Even though the water is flowing so fast that white froth is rising to its surface, the boatman would row them across the lake. In this stanza, the poet says that the thunder and lightning grew ever stronger and it seemed that the mythical water-wraith was shrieking as a signal that everyone on the lake would die soon. In this stanza, the poet describes how the wind kept blowing at faster and faster speeds, and the night got darker and darker.
Haste thee, haste! She tells the boatman to hurry on his way even though their surroundings were getting stormier every minute, for she could bear to face the wrath of the sky but not that of her own father. In this stanza, the poet says that while the land had been an unsafe place for the Chief of Ulva and his lady love, the sea was none too safe for them either. As the storm became more terrifying, it was proving more difficult for the boatman to control his vessel.
In this stanza, the poet describes how both the sky and the water roared, but the boat stayed on its path. At this moment, Lord Ullin reached the shore of the lake and his anger transformed into lament.
In this stanza, Lord Ullin looks hard through the darkness and the storm to see his daughter with one hand stretched out to as if to ask for help, and the other holding onto her lover — the Chief of Ulva. Come back! It is thus clear that his daughter is the most important thing to him in his life. In this stanza, the poet says that it was now impossible for the boat to return or to get any help from anyone since the waves were crashing against the shore.
Lord Ullin’s Daughter by Thomas Campbell
Hence she eloped with her lover. The chieftain and his beloved were chased by the kingsman on horses. He, therefore, urged the boatman to ferry they across Lochgyle to his land. The chieftain told the boatman about his true love. The chieftain also offered the boatman some money. She said that she would rather meet the storm than face her angry father. The boatman agreed to ferry them for the sake of the lovely daughter of Lord Ullin despite the impending storm.
Lord Ullin’s Daughter
Most of his poems deal with common human problems. The poem begins with the daughter and her lover, the Scottish chieftain arriving at the banks of Lochgyle with the intention of eloping to a safer place. The lover offers the boatman a silver pound to cross them to safety. The weather is stormy and it is very dangerous to cross the Lochgyle in such a state.