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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Germany: Vols. XVII–XVIII.  1876–79.
Fragment of the Song of Louis the Third
From the German
Translated by W. Taylor

THEN took he shield and spear,
And quickly forward rode;
Willing to wreak revenge
Against his gathering foes.
Erelong he saw from far        5
The Norman force approach:
“Thank God!” said he aloud;
He saw what he desired.
The king rode bravely on,
And sang a Frankish hymn,        10
And all his people joined:
“Kyrie eleison.”
The song was sung;
The fight begun:
The blood shone in the cheeks        15
Of the merry Franks:
But no blade of them all
Fought so bravely as Ludovic.

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