Romantic Ballads, Translated from the Danish; and Miscellaneous Pieces

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Author: George Henry Borrow

THE HEROES OF DOVREFELD.
FROM THE OLD DANISH.

On Dovrefeld, {6} in Norway,
Were once together seen
The twelve heroic brothers
Of Ingeborg, the queen:

And they were all magicians,
Possest of mighty art,
Who freely read the Runic,
And knew the rhyme by heart. {7}

The first could turn the lightning,
And quench its ruddy gleam:
The second, with a whisper,
Could still the running stream:

The third beneath the water
Could dive like any fish:
The fourth could get provision
By striking on his dish:

The fifth upon the gold harp
So pleasantly could play,
That all the men who heard him
Began to dance away:

The sixth, he had a bugle,
And when he blew a blast,
The stoutest of his foemen
Would fly before him fast:

The seventh, unimpeded,
Through solid hills could roam:
The eighth could walk the ocean,
When billows were in foam:

The ninth could draw, by magic,
The fishes from the deep:
The tenth was never weary,
Nor overcome by sleep:

The eleventh bound the dragon
Which crept among the grass;
And all he wish’d to happen
Was sure to come to pass:

The twelfth, who was reputed
The wisest of the band,
Knew what was going forward
In every foreign land.

And now, forsooth, I tell ye,
Who listen to my strain,
That such a set of brothers
Will ne’er be seen again.

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Chicago: George Henry Borrow, "The Heroes of Dovrefeld. From the Old Danish.," Romantic Ballads, Translated from the Danish; and Miscellaneous Pieces, ed. Firth, John B. and trans. Storr, F. in Romantic Ballads, Translated from the Danish; and Miscellaneous Pieces (New York: George E. Wood, ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892), Original Sources, accessed January 18, 2020, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4L85PUN4D5YK6VS.

MLA: Borrow, George Henry. "The Heroes of Dovrefeld. From the Old Danish." Romantic Ballads, Translated from the Danish; and Miscellaneous Pieces, edited by Firth, John B., and translated by Storr, F., in Romantic Ballads, Translated from the Danish; and Miscellaneous Pieces, New York, George E. Wood, ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892, Original Sources. 18 Jan. 2020. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4L85PUN4D5YK6VS.

Harvard: Borrow, GH, 'The Heroes of Dovrefeld. From the Old Danish.' in Romantic Ballads, Translated from the Danish; and Miscellaneous Pieces, ed. and trans. . cited in ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892, Romantic Ballads, Translated from the Danish; and Miscellaneous Pieces, George E. Wood, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 18 January 2020, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4L85PUN4D5YK6VS.