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conducted them to Valkalla, the hall of Odin, or paradise of the brave: where they attended the banquet, and served the departed heroes with horns of mead and ale.
Now the storm begins to lower,
(Haste, the loom of Hell prepare), Iron sleet of arrowy shower
Hurtles in the darken’d air.
Where the dusky warp we strain,
('Tis of human entrails made) And the weights, that play below,
Each a gasping warrior's head. Shafts for shuttles dipp'd in gore,
Shoot the trembling cords along. Sword, that once a monarch bore,
Keep the tissue close and strong.
Sangrida, and Hilda, see,
Pikes must shiver, javelins sing,
Hauberk crash, and helmet ring.
(Weave the crimson web of war)
Let us go, and let us fly,
Where they triumph, where they die..
Wading through the ensanguined field,
O'er the youthful king your shield.
Ours to kill and ours to spare:
(Weave the crimson web of war.)
Pent within its bleak domain,
O'er the plenty of the plain.
Gored with many a gaping wound;
Soon a king shall bite the ground.
Ne'er again his likeness see;
Strains of immortality!
Horror covers all the heath,
Clouds of carnage blot the sun.
Sisters, cease; the work is done.
Hail the task, and hail the hands!
Songs of joy and triumph sing ! Joy to the victorious bands ;
Triumph to the younger king. Mortal, thou that hearest the tale,
Learn the tenor of our song. Scotland, through each winding vale
Far and wide the notes prolong. Sisters, hence with spurs of speed:
Each her thundering falchion wield ; Each bestride her sable steed.
Hurry, hurry to the field !