Heroic Ballads of Servia

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George Rapall Noyes
Sherman, French, 1913 - Ballads, Serbian - 275 pages
 

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Page 8 - The harvests of Arretium This year old men shall reap; This year young boys in Umbro Shall plunge the struggling sheep; And in the vats of Luna This year the must shall foam Round the white feet of laughing girls Whose sires have marched to Rome.
Page 23 - ... Rado, the master builder, was well pleased with her prayer; That she might look to the milk-white house, he left a window there, And see the child when they brought him or bore him back again. At last they walled her in the wall and stablished the hold amain. They brought the babe in the cradle, she suckled him from the stone; For seven days she suckled him; thereafter her voice was gone. A year she gave the young child suck, and sweet did the white milk flow. As it was then in Skadar, so sweet...
Page 10 - ... says that he has heard it from another. This is true of the most recent ballads, of which it is known that they were not brought from elsewhere, but arose on the spot from an event of a few days ago ; but when even a year has passed since the event and the ballad, or when a ballad is .heard of an event of yesterday, but of a distant locality, no one even thinks of asking about its origin.
Page 170 - ... Prince Marko," said they then. "Ye Turks, mar not my plowing!" he answered them again. "Plow not the tsar his highway, Prince Marko," they said anew. "Ye Turks, mar not my plowing!
Page 148 - ... trials. The oath of fidelity for life was sworn before the altar in the church and consecrated by the priest, and often sealed by the exchange of a drop of blood drunk in a cup of red wine. If one died the surviving one was, in all respects, like a true brother to the family of his dead *pobratim.' This tie is considered most sacred by Servians and cannot be broken, no matter how severely it may be tried by any circumstances that may arise. It is recognized by a law conferring right of inheritance...
Page 278 - Return to us, dear mother! Our father comes not," said they; "It u thy brother, our uncle, Pint6rovich the Bey." The wife of Hasan Aga, to her brother's breast she came: "Ah, brother, from my children five doth he send me! It is shame!
Page 19 - She went to the wife of Uglyesha, and spake unto her there: "Hear, and good health to thee, sister! My head beginneth to ache; I cannot conquer it. Prithee the meal to the masons take." "Good health to thee, queen," she answered, my sister that is so dear! I cannot master this aching arm. Speak thou to our sister here." She went to the youngest sister, and unto her said she: "O thou young wife of Goyko, do thou harken now to me! It is this— good health to thee, sister!— my head beginneth to ache;...
Page 148 - ... during the bitterest times of oppression by a foreign foe. Two young men going into battle bound themselves as brothers in ties of close fealty which endured through all trials. The oath of fidelity for life was sworn before the altar in the church and consecrated by the priest, and often sealed by the exchange of a drop of blood drunk in a cup of red wine. If one died the surviving one was, in all respects, like a true brother to the family of his dead *pobratim.
Page 20 - Goyko's young wife gave answer: "I would do it gladly, O queen; But all unbathed is my little child, and the linen not washed clean." Answered the queen: "With the dinner to the masons do thou go. Let our sister bathe thy baby; I will whiten the linen like snow." Then the young wife of Goyko thereto would say no more; Forthwith unto the masons their midday meal she bore. By Boyana Goyko saw her, and sad was his heart that day, Sad for his wife and the little lad that in the cradle lay, That should...
Page 15 - ONCE there were three born brothers, a hold that had begun— The three sons of MarnyaVa. Vukashin the king was one, The second was Voyvoda Uglyesha, and Goyko the third was he; And Skadar on the Boyana were they building busily. With fifteen score of masons three long years labored they, But they could not for the fortress the strong foundations lay, Much less raise up the wall thereof, for what was set upright By the masons in the morning, a vila 2 wrecked at night. The vila called from the mountain...

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