"A hundred lines of Marmion"
Monument to Sir Walter Scott in Edinburgh
Public DomainMonument to Sir Walter Scott in Edinburgh - Credit: Mlm42, Wikimedia Commons

Punishing schoolchildren by making them copy out poetry or 'lines' (sometimes the same line over and over again) was a common practice in certain schools for a large part of the 20th century.

Marmion is a lengthy poem by Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) about the Battle of Flodden Field (see Bookmark p.6).

Along the bridge Lord Marmion rode,/Proudly his red-roan charger trode,

His helm hung at the saddle bow;/Well by his visage you might know

He was a stalwart knight and keen,/And had in many a battle been.

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Portrait of Sir Walter Scott (1822)
Public DomainPortrait of Sir Walter Scott (1822) - Credit: Sir Henry Raeburn