Story and song

Paperback | January 6, 2012

byLouis Foulk Curtis

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1905. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... 'Neath armor in the stately hall They staid their steps : they set the pall. XXIII We knew 'twas he, yet silence fell, Nor could we break the tragic spell Which struck us dumb. At length a chief, Whom I had known, spake some relief: "My tongue reluctant moves," he said, "To tell the story of the dead -- A nobler, greater voice he needs To breathe the glory of his deeds. When viking Gurth approached with gold To purchase peace the tale he told Was disbelieved; the erlking's wrath Arose a tempest round his path And named him traitor to the Norse, Proclaimed with all his mighty force The castle should be sacked. The king Mistook the brothers, bade them bring Ignoble fetters. And then Gurth Appealing unto heaven and earth Hurled back the traitorous word and lie. We deemed that he was doomed to die. "O fair musician," spake the king, "We know that thou canst harp and sing Now we will judge if thou canst wield With equal skill the sword and shield." With that he called upon his aides For targes and a pair of blades. v Then urged a kinsman of the king: "It is unmeet you do this thing A slight mischance, a fatal thrust May turn an earlking into dust And wreck our cause, as kinsman true I beg to champion cause and you. There lies my glove if he denies That he is traitor, then he dies." Scarce had the gauntlet downward sank Ere Gurth had snatched it from the plank, And with a greater strength than grace Hurled glove and challenge in his face. Then Northern blood and Norway ire Flamed upward like a living fire. As lightning leaps upon his track When Thor is raging fierce and black So from the scabbards leaped the swords Of these unconquered Norway lords. Unrivaled skill and strength contend Till none may prophesy the end; Each strove with seasoned hand to start Th...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1905. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... 'Neath armor in the stately hall They staid their steps : they set the pall. XXIII We knew 'twas he, yet silence fell, Nor c...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:34 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.07 inPublished:January 6, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217055737

ISBN - 13:9780217055734

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