Curious Stories about Fairies and Other Funny People
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1856 edition. Excerpt: ... One the thought of rage inspires, But revenge the other fires!' Finally the Dwarf turned towards the north and sang with a hollow voice the revenge of Chriemhilda: 'Heroes feast within a palace, Guests all wear the festive wreath; But their mirth is changed to malice, And their dance to a dance of death. 'Shrieks of horror, shrieks of anger, Tell the furj of their strife; Answering fierce the trumpet's clangor, Stem demanding life for life. 'Sword and shield in strife are meeting, Steel and iron sternly strive, And of guests that late were greeting, Few shall quit the spot alive. 'In that hall of strife and treason Many a bravest knight must yield; Like the sheaves in harvest season Corses strew that fatal field. 'But in death their hate is banish'd, Foemen fall beside their foe, And their hatred hath but vanish'd Now that death hath laid them low. 'Wand'ring where the dead are lying, Say, what mystic form appears Mid the wounded and the dying, --'Tis a woman bathed in tears. 'Fire has seized the hall around her, While its vapors choke her breath, She exclaims, while flames surround her, We have died for Siegfried's death!' Thus sang the Dwarf of the fate of future days. Siegfried and the maiden were deeply affected by the serious tone of his song. Although they had not understood all that he said, yet they perceived that bleeding forms looked through the mist that surrounded the whole, and that these were lighted rather by fierce and fatal lightning than by the gentle rays of sunshine and peace. When the Dwarf had ended, he took his leave, saying that he must descend deep into the mountain, whither his Dwarfs had fled, anxious for the result of the contest; for he would bring them the glad intelligence of victory. Then he bade the Hero...
- 189 x 246 x 4mm | 136g
- 13 Sep 2013
- United States
- black & white illustrations