The Viking: An Epic

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E. Churton, 1849 - English poetry - 282 pages
 

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Page 258 - Witch. Fillet of a fenny snake, In the cauldron boil and bake : Eye of newt, and toe of frog, Wool of bat, and tongue of dog, Adder's...
Page 161 - All scattered in the bottom of the sea, Some lay in dead men's skulls ; and in those holes Where eyes did once inhabit, there were crept (As...
Page iii - The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, even they shall perish from the earth, and from under these heavens.
Page 258 - Wool of bat and tongue of dog, Adder's fork and blind-worm's sting, Lizard's leg and owlet's wing, For a charm of powerful trouble, Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
Page 195 - Here the oddda hraun, or horrible lava, begins and extends to a great distance toward the south and west. It is described as the wildest and most hideous tract in the whole island. The surface is extremely rugged, consisting of broken and pointed rocks, between which are fissures and chasms of a tremendous size, that throw insuperable barriers in the way of any traveller who might wish to penetrate beyond them.
Page 183 - A young Danish warrior going to be beheaded begged of an executioner that his hair might not be touched by a slave, or stained with his blood, f In the Anglo-Saxon poem of Beowulf, we find — " The lung-haired oue, illustrious in battle.
Page 272 - Incidit in medias ferrum penetrabile costas. Hercule nemo illo visus mihi fortior unquam. Semivigil subsedit enim cubitoque reclinis 220. Ridendo excepit letum mortemque cachinno Sprevit et Elysium gaudens successit in orbem. Magna viri virtus, quae risu calluit uno Supremam celare necem summumque dolorem Corporis ac mentis laeto compescere vultu! 225. Nunc quoque cuiusdam praeclaro stemmate nati Vitales fibras ferro rimabar eodem, Et ferrum penitus intra praecordia mersi. Filius hie regis et avito...
Page 194 - Fremri also consists of lava, and from the mountains around which these mines lie, as far as the eye can reach, nothing is seen but one interminable region of desolation. The dismal gloom of this tract is barely relieved by the columns of smoke that are constantly ascending into the atmosphere through apertures and fissures in various parts of the surface. Here the oddda hraun, or horrible lava, begins and extends to a great distance toward the south and west.
Page 194 - As far as the eye can reach, nothing is seen but one vast chaos of stones and earth, timber and boards, tables, chairs, beds, and clothing, mingled in horrible confusion. Men everywhere at work, worn out and...
Page vii - Vihing is the first of a series, in which the author, who shields himself under the name of Zavarr, intends to illustrate the various systems of mythology that have prevailed to any extent in the world, we wonder at the enthusiasm which can labour without hopes of return. The...

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