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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882).  Complete Poetical Works.  1893.
Tales of a Wayside Inn
Part First.
The Musician’s Tale: The Saga of King Olaf.
I. The Challenge of Thor
I AM the God Thor,
I am the War God,
I am the Thunderer!
Here in my Northland,
My fastness and fortres        5
Reign I forever!
Here amid icebergs
Rule I the nations;
This is my hammer,
Miölner the mighty;        10
Giants and sorcerers
Cannot withstand it!
These are the gauntlets
Wherewith I wield it,
And hurl it afar off;        15
This is my girdle;
Whenever I brace it,
Strength is redoubled!
The light thou beholdest
Stream through the heaven        20
In flashes of crimson,
Is but my red beard
Blown by the night-wind,
Affrighting the nations!
Jove is my brother;        25
Mine eyes are the lightning;
The wheels of my chariot
Roll in the thunder,
The blows of my hammer
Ring in the earthquake!        30
Force rules the world still,
Has ruled it, shall rule it;
Meekness is weakness,
Strength is triumphant,
Over the whole earth        35
Still is it Thor’s-Day!
Thou art a God too,
O Galilean!
And thus single-handed
Unto the combat,        40
Gauntlet or Gospel,
Here I defy thee!

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