History of the Northmen, or Danes and Normans, from the earliest times to the Conquest

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Page 244 - The melee was here dreadful, and a sudden panic seized the invaders, who fled from the field, exclaiming that their duke was slain. William rushed before the fugitives, with his helmet in hand, menacing and even striking them with his lance, and shouting with a loud voice : ' I am still alive, and with the help of God I still shall conquer...
Page 113 - HOW doth the city sit solitary, that was full of people ! How is she become as a widow ! she that was great among the nations, And princess among the provinces, how is she become tributary!
Page 206 - Gargano to the nearest sea, who all received me honourably, and made me valuable presents ; but particularly the emperor, who gave me many gold and silver vases, with rich mantles and garments. I therefore took the opportunity to treat with the pope, the emperor, and the princes, on the grievances of my people, both English and Danes; that they might enjoy more equal law, and more secure safeguard in their way to Rome, nor be detained at so many barriers, nor harassed by unjust exactions. My demands...
Page 31 - The impatient poet craved an audience of the King for his lay, assuring him it was " very short." The wrath of Canute was kindled, and he answered the Skald with a stern look : " Are you not ashamed to do what none but yourself has dared — to write a short poem upon me ? Unless by the hour of dinner to-morrow you produce a drapa above thirty strophes long on the same subject, your life shall pay the penalty.
Page 206 - And now, therefore, be it known to you all, that I have dedicated my life to God, to govern my kingdoms with justice, and to observe the right in all things. If in the time that is past, and in the violence and carelessness of youth, I have violated justice, it is my intention, by the help of God, to make full compensation.
Page 16 - It happened one day soon after their arrival, that Tyrker, the German, was missing, and as Leif set a great value upon the youth, on account of his skill in various arts, he sent his followers in search of him in every direction. When they at last found him, he began to speak to them in the Teutonic language, with many extravagant signs of joy. They at last made out to understand from him in the North tongue, that he had found in the vicinity vines bearing wild grapes.
Page 96 - High seated in their blest abodes, I soon shall quaff the drink of gods. The hours of life have glided by — I fall ! but laughing will I die...
Page 206 - ... both English and Danes ; that they might enjoy more equal law, and more secure safeguard in their way to Rome, nor be detained at so many barriers, nor harassed by unjust exactions. My demands were granted both by the emperor, and by king Rodulf, to whom the greater part of the barriers...
Page 41 - UPROSE the King of Men with speed, And saddled straight his coal-black steed : Down the yawning steep he rode, That leads to Hela's drear abode.
Page 31 - ... to the ancient religion for some time after all the other countries of the North had yielded to the progress of Christianity. The early dawn of literature in Europe was almost everywhere else marked by an awkward attempt to copy the classical models of Greece and Rome. In Iceland, an independent literature grew up, flourished, and was brought to a certain degree of perfection, before the revival of learning in the South of Europe.

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