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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Final Chorus from ‘Goddwyn’
By Thomas Chatterton (1752–1770)
 
WHEN Freedom, dreste yn blodde-steyned veste,
  To everie knyghte her warre-songe sunge,
        Uponne her hedde wylde wedes were spredde;
          A gorie anlace bye her honge.
        She dauncèd onne the heathe;        5
          She hearde the voice of deathe;
Pale-eyned affryghte, hys harte of sylver hue,
  In vayne assayled her bosomme to acale;
She hearde onflemed the shriekynge voice of woe,
  And sadnesse ynne the owlette shake the dale.        10
        She shooke the burled speere,
          On hie she jeste her sheelde,
        Her foemen all appere,
          And flizze alonge the feelde.
Power, wythe his heafod straught ynto the skyes,        15
  Hys speere a sonne-beame, and hys sheelde a starre,
Alyche twaie brendeynge gronfyres rolls hys eyes,
  Chaftes with hys yronne feete and soundes to war.
        She syttes upon a rocke,
          She bendes before hys speere,        20
        She ryses from the shocke,
          Wieldynge her owne yn ayre.
Harde as the thonder dothe she drive ytte on,
  Wytte scillye wympled gies ytte to hys crowne,
Hys longe sharpe speere, hys spreddynge sheelde ys gon,        25
  He falles, and fallynge rolleth thousandes down.
War, goare-faced war, bie envie burld, arist,
  Hys feerie heaulme noddynge to the ayre,
Tenne bloddie arrowes ynne hys streynynge fyste.
 
 
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