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Gondula, and Geira, spread
O'er the youthful King your shield.
We the reins to slaughter give,
Ours to kill, and ours to spare: Spite of danger he shall live.
(Weave the crimson web of war.)
They, whom once the desert-beach Pent within its bleak domain, Soon their ample sway shall stretch O'er the plenty of the plain.
Low the dauntless Earl is laid,
Long his loss shall Eirin weep (d),
(d) Long his loss shall Eirin weep.
Long her strains in sorrow steep:
Horror covers all the heath,
Hail the task, and hail the hands!
Mortal, thou that hear'st the tale,
Learn the tenour of our song. Scotland, thro' each winding vale
Far and wide the notes prolong.
Sisters, hence with spurs of speed:
Each bestride her sable steed.
THE DESCENT OF ODIN.
FROM THE NORSE-TONGUE.
[The original is to be found in Bartholinus, de causis contemnendæ mortis; Hafniæ, 1689, Quarto.
Upreis Odinn allda gautr, &c.]
UPROSE the King of Men with speed,
And saddled strait his coal-black steed:
(e) That leads to Hela's drear abode.
Niflheimr, the hell of the Gothic nations, consisted of nine worlds, to which were devoted all such as died of sickness, old age, or by any other means than in battle. Over it presided Hela, the Goddess of Death.
 The Edda gives this dog the name of Managarmar; he fed upon
the lives of those that were to die.
Hoarse he bays* with hideous din,
Right against the eastern gate,
* Several Editions have it brays. It is not, however, the nature of the dog, but of the ass, to bray. To bay is, according to Johnson, to bark, as a dog at a thief.
What call unknown, what charms, presume
To break the quiet of the tomb?
Who is he, with voice unblest,
That calls me from the bed of rest?
A Traveller, to thee unknown,
 Odin, we find both from this Ode and the Edda, was solicitous about the fate of his son Balder, who had dreamed that he was soon to die. The Edda mentions the manner of his death when killed by Odin's other son Hoder; and also that Hoder was himself slain afterwards by Vali the son of Odin and Rinda, consonant with this prophecy.