Gudrun: A Mediaeval Epic

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Houghton, Mifflin, 1889 - German literature - 363 pages
 

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Page 77 - The wild beasts in the forest let their pasture grow ; The little worms that creeping through grass are wont to go, The fishes, too, that ever amidst the waves were swimming. All now stopped to listen ; the singer's heart with pride was overbrimming. 228 AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHILOLOGY. Thus it will be observed that the Gudrun strophe : is faithfully preserved. To be sure, the reader, if acquainted only wit...
Page 74 - As it sounded thro' the opening where she upon the leaded roof was sitting. Then spake the fair young Hilda : " What is it that I hear ? Just now a song the sweetest was thrilling on mine ear, That e'er from any singer I heard until this hour. Would to God in heaven my chamberlain to raise such notes had power...
Page 76 - There's none so sick lying but would in truth be cheered, If to the songs he listened which fall from him so sweetly." Said Hagen : " Would to Heaven such skill to sing were mine; 't would glad me greatly." When the knightly minstrel three songs to the end had sung, No one there who heard him thought they were too long. The turn of a hand, not longer, they had thought it lasted, E'en if they had listened while for a thousand miles a horseman hasted.
Page ii - ... stanza. At the same time it must be said that several stanzas in "Gudrun" agree completely with the Nibelung metre, and have masculine rimes throughout. After a careful reading of the present translation we have come to the conclusion that the work has been accomplished as indicated in the preface. "The translator has adhered to the original rhythm, and has endeavored in each stanza to convey strictly the ideas of the author, being careful not to introduce anything, in thought or simile, foreign...
Page 245 - Then to her in answer spake the friendly swan, Although a God-sent angel, in speech most like a man : " Words from God I bring you; if you for this be seeking, Tidings I give...
Page 74 - Dan eland, sang before them all. His singing was so wondrous that all who listened near him Found his song well-pleasing ; the little birds all hushed their notes to hear him. King Hagen heard him gladly, and with him all his men: The song of the Danish Horant friends for him did gain. Likewise the...
Page 317 - To her said Hilda's daughter: " I hear you asking now That I to you be friendly; how should I kindness show ? Nought that e'er I wished for to grant me were you willing: To me you showed but hatred; and now my heart with hate for you is swelling.
Page 319 - Not one of them is here." Then Wa-te, in his anger, went in and to her came near; He said : " Now show me quickly the women I am seeking ; Else shall they, with your maidens, all alike in the grave their home be making.
Page 75 - Horaut's song rose softly, higher and yet more sweet; King Hagen also heard it, while near his wife was his seat. From out their inner chamber drawn to the roof, they waited; Their guest of this had warning; and Hilda the young gave ear, where she was seated. The daughter of wild...

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