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Him the Dog of Darkness spied,
diftill'd: Hoarse he bays with hideous din, Eyes that glow, and fangs that grin ; And long pursues with fruitless yell. The Father of the powerful spell. Onward still his way he takes, ('The groaning earth beneath him shakes). Till full before his fearless eyes, The portals nine of hell arise.
Right against the eastern gate, By the moss-grown pile he fate : Where long of yore to sleep was laid The dust of the prophetic Maid. Facing to the northern clime, Thrice he trac'd the runic rhime; Thrice pronounc'd, in accents dread, The thrilling verse thạt wakes the Dead : Till from out the hollow ground Slowly breath'd a fullen found.
THE DESCENT OF ODIN.
Pr. What call unknown, what charms To break the quiet of the tomb ? (presume Who thus afflicts
troubled sprite, And drags me from the realms of night? Long on these mouldring bones have beat The winter's snow, the summer's heat, The drenching dews, and driving rain! Let me, let me sleep again. Who is he with voice unbleft, That calls me from the bed of reft ?
OD. A Traveller, to thee unknown, Is he that calls, a Warrior's Son. Thou the deeds of light shale know: Tell me what is done below, For whom yon glitt'ring board is spread, Dress’d for whom yon golden bed?
Pr. Mantling in the goblet fee
Unwilling I my lips unclose :
Op. Once again my call obey.
Pr. In Hoder's hand the Hero's doom :
Od. Prophetess, my spell obey.
Pr. In the caverns of the west,
Till he on Hoder's corse Thall smile
Oo. Yet a while my call obey.
Pa. Ha! no Traveller art thou,
Op. No boding Maid of skill divine
Pr. Hie thee hence, and boast at home, That never shall Enquirer come
To break my iron-Neep again,
+ Lok is the Evil Being, who continues in chains till the Twilight of the Gods approaches, when he shall break his bonds ; the human race, the stars and fun shall disappear; the earth fink in the seas, and fire consume the skies : even Odin himself, and his kindred deities, Mall perish. For a farther explanation of this mythology, fee Mallet's Introduction to the History of Denmark, 1755, Quarto.