Poetical Works Complete in One Volume

Poetical Works Complete in One Volume

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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. 1826 edition. Excerpt: ... front did that fortress lonr, In darksome strength with its buttress and ' tower: At the castle-gate was young Harold there, Count Witikind's only offspring and heir: Young Harold was fear'd for his hardi-hood; His strength of frame, and his fury of mood; Rude he was, and wild to 'behold, Wore neither collar nor bracelet of Cap of vair nor rich array, Such as would grace that festal day: His doublet of'bull's hide was all unbraced, Uncover'd his head, and his sandal unlaced; His shaggy black locks on his brow hung low, And his eyes glanced through them a swarthy glow; A Danish club in his hand he bore, The spikes were clotted with recent gore; At his back a she-wolf, and her wolf-cubs ' twain, In the dangerous chase that morning slain. Rude was the greeting his father he made, None to the Bishop, -while thus he said: "What priestled hypocrite art thou, With thy humbled look and thy monkish ' brow, Like a shaveling who studies to cheat his vow 'P Canst thou be Witikind the Waster known, Royal Eric's fearless son, Haughtf Gunhilda's hanghtier lord. Who won_ his bride by the axe and sword; From the shrine of St. Peter the chalice ' who tore, And melted to bracelets for Freya and Thor; With one blow of his gauntlet who burst the skull, Before Odin's stone, of the mountain-bull? Then ye worshipp'd with rites that to war-' gods belong. With the deed of the brave, and the blow I Priest, monk, and prelate stood aghast, As through the pageant the heathen pass'd. A cross-bearer out of his saddle he flun, Laid his hand on the pummel and into it "sprung; Loud was the shriek, and deep the groan, When the holy sign on the earth was thrown. The fierce old...show more

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  • Paperback | 290 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 15mm | 522g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236908163
  • 9781236908162