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~ Historical & Classical Poetry ~


Balderīs Funeral Pyre

Midnight's sun on the mountain lay,
Blood-red was its gleaming
It was not night nor was it day,
But just between them seeming.

Balder's bale-fire, symbol bright,
On sacred hearth was burning,--
Soon is quenched its wasted light,
Hoder's reign returning.



From the Fridthjof's Saga (1820-25) by Esaias Tegner, Swedish poet (1782-1846). 

Its setting is the world of  Norse sagas and mythology. 
Translated by Thomas A E Holcomb and Martha A Lyon Holcomb,
released for public domain. 

Translation of all 24 chapters here.