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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1804. Excerpt: ... THE COMMENCEMENT OF BIARKAMAL. A fragment printed in Hcimskringla, in Bartholinut Ant. Dan. and in Stephanius's notes on Saxo Grammatictis. 1803. The day has dawn'd; the plumed helms sound; 'Tis time to tread the battle's ground. Wake and ay wake each friendly head, The latest prop of Adils dead! Strong liar, and Hrolf, whose darts ne'er fail, .5 Men nobly born, who never quail, For wine, or women wake ye not! Wake for the battle's hardy lot! NOTES ON BIARKAMAL. TufcsE lines are stated by Schoning (Norsk. Hist. 1. 322 and 468. and Heimskr. 2. 347) to have been composed in the sixth century by Bodvar Biarke, one of Hrolf Krake's warriors, and were the commencement of a famous Icelandic song called Biarkamal from his name. The rest of the Original, except a few lines, is now lost; but Saxo Grammaticus ha"s given a Latin imitation of it in his history. It is a dialogue between Biarke and Hialto, on the fatal night, in which they were treacherously killed by the Sweden together with Hrolf Krake and all the rest of his warriors. Saxo's translation Is very free, and varies also in not mentioning any names, and stating that it was night, hot morning. It seems to have been admitted, that Biarke himself was the author of this spirited poem; but, as it must in that case have been composed the very night, on which he was surprised and killed with all his companions, I do not understand, how, if they had been his lines, they could have been preserved. I am inclined to believe, that they were composed by some other poet after his death, and have since been attributed to him, because a great part of it is supposed to be spoken by him; as Havamal has for the same reason been esteemed the work of Odin. Adds was the son of Ottar king of Sweden, whom he succcded; his princi...
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