Norse Myth In English Poetry (1919) by Charles Harold Herford

By Charles Harold Herford

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And she calls again, and curses theii obstinacy. At last Angentyr unwillingly replies " Hervor, daughter, why dost thou call and curse ? Thou art walking to thy doom mad art thou She answers grown, and wild of wit that thou wakenest ihe dead ? case ! : awesome ; ; : : ! : : " sharply of thee : : " 1 give was ever held to be me the sword " ! tnd kept Tyrfing. Lei her hurry back to her ship out of the She only answers by threatening to lay spells on ihem so that they would rot and be really dead.

From her. "1 may : heart Then once A arise, and live no longer, for the the forge of sorrow, and my gods have forgotten the life is earth. " again spoke Sigurd, once only and no more : golden he stood on the sunlit floor eyes were the eyes of Odin, and his face was the hope of the world, pillar of light all And his And he cried : " 1 am Sigurd the Volsung, and belike the tales shall be true, That no hand on the earth may hinder what my hand would fashion and do : — NORSE MYTH O ENGLISH POETRY IN 25 and thee on the earth will 1 wed.

VI. Nevertheless, the enduring interest Wagner's Niebelungen Ring, must lyric power of the great central rest scenes. of Moms's Sigurd, Gunnar's When hall, as his bride, sees seated beside them, and mainly upon the tragic and is courtly words answer in Brynhild, for instance, coming into one far surpassing the Niblung brother, it is Sigurd, once her betrothed, full of restrained passion under the told that she addresses him v/ith a greeting of Here, again and again, the equable flow of Morris's verse becomes close knit and weighty to the grip of the situation.

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