Memorial Essay on Some Phases of the Maritime Life of France and England Directly Traceable to the Vikings
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(Translated by Wilhelm Pettersen.)
Fierce son o' the North, he graved his history
By valor's mighty sword forged by Victory.
In high-beaked ships o'er turbulent seas he went
And on fair England's shore first pitched his tent.
Exiled from home, om Neustria's shore he found
A home full worthy of his great renown,
And here he gathered hosts of heros brave
Who fought to conquer or to seek a grave.
Of Roman and of Franc he left no trace,
But planted in the land a new-born race
Whose courage blended well with reason's sway.
This pirate-chief to faith oped wide his soul,
And as a statesman played a founder's role.
His sword made wide th' horizon of his day.
Rouen he ruled as duke, the while kings feared
When Rollo's battle-ry, "harou," they heard
Rising from ships that anchored 'neath the throne.
In lofty strains the Scalds his deeds proclaimed -
Him History one of her heros named -
Founder of Normandy, Old Norway's mighty son!