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Tales Of A Wayside Inn - PART FIRST - The Musician's Tale - The Saga of King Olaf - XVIII - King Olaf and Earl Sigvald Post by :LadyFingersJr Category :Poems Author :Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Date :June 2011 Read :3082

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Tales Of A Wayside Inn - PART FIRST - The Musician's Tale - The Saga of King Olaf - XVIII - King Olaf and Earl Sigvald

King Olaf and Earl Sigvald

 

On the gray sea-sands
King Olaf stands,
Northward and seaward
He points with his hands.

With eddy and whirl
The sea-tides curl,
Washing the sandals
Of Sigvald the Earl.

The mariners shout,
The ships swing about,
The yards are all hoisted,
The sails flutter out.

The war-horns are played,
The anchors are weighed,
Like moths in the distance
The sails flit and fade.

The sea is like lead
The harbor lies dead,
As a corse on the sea-shore,
Whose spirit has fled!

On that fatal day,
The histories say,
Seventy vessels
Sailed out of the bay.

But soon scattered wide
O'er the billows they ride,
While Sigvald and Olaf
Sail side by side.

Cried the Earl: "Follow me!
I your pilot will be,
For I know all the channels
Where flows the deep sea!"

So into the strait
Where his foes lie in wait,
Gallant King Olaf
Sails to his fate!

Then the sea-fog veils
The ships and their sails;
Queen Sigrid the Haughty,
Thy vengeance prevails!

Content of PART FIRST: The Musician's Tale: The Saga of King Olaf: XVIII - King Olaf and Earl Sigvald (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem collection: Tales of a Wayside Inn)

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