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No boding maid of skill divine
Hie thee hence, and boast at home,
1964 ther 1.D
Ver. 86. But mother of the giant brood] In the Latin,“ mater trium gigantum :" probably Angerbode, who from her name seems to be “no prophetess of good;" and who bore to Loke, as the Edda says, three children, the wolf Fenris, the great serpent of Midgard, and Hela, all of them called giants in that system of mythology. MASON.
Ver. 90. Till Lok has burst his tenfold chain] 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 sun shall disappear; the earth sink in the seas, and fire consume the skies: even Odin himself and his kindred deities shall perish. Mason.
THE TRIUMPHS OF OWEN*.
From Mr. Evans's Specimens of the Welsh Poetry: London,
1764, quarto, p. 25, and p. 127. Owen succeeded his father Griffith app Cynan in the principality of North Wales, A. D. 1137. This battle was fought in the year 1157.
Jones's Relics, vol. ii. p. 36.
Owen's praise demands my song,
Big with hosts of mighty name, Squadrons three against him came; * The original Welsh of the above poem was the composition of Gwalchmai the son of Melir, immediately after Prince Owen Gwynedd had defeated the combined fleets of Iceland, Denmark, and Norway, which had invaded his territory on the coast of Anglesea.
Ver. 4. Gwyneth] North Wales.
This the force of Eirin hiding,
WE Ha Na Fea TL Co AC Da
Dauntless on his native sands
Ver. 14. Lochlin] Denmark.
Ver. 20. The dragon son of Mona stands] The red dragon is the device of Cadwallader, which all his descendants bore on their banners. Mason. Ver. 23. There the thundering strokes begin]
It seems (says Dr. Evans, p. 26,) that the fleet landed in some part of the firth of Menai, and that it was a kind of mixed engagement, some fighting from the shore, others from the ships ; and probably the great slaughter was owing to its being low water, and that they could not sail.
Selected from the Gododin of Aneurin *, styled the Monarch
of the Bards. He flourished about the time of Taliessin, A. D. 570. See Mr. Evans's Specimens, p. 71 and 73.
Had I but the torrent's might,
Too, too secure in youthful pride,
He ask'd no heaps of hoarded gold;
Ver. 3. Upon Deira's squadrons hurl'd] The kingdom of Deïra included the counties of Yorkshire, Durham, Lancashire, Westmoreland, and Cumberland.