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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.
X. Raud the Strong
“ALL the old gods are dead,
All the wild warlocks fled;
But the White Christ lives and reigns,
And throughout my wide domains
His Gospel shall be spread!”        5
    On the Evangelists
    Thus swore King Olaf.
But still in dreams of the night
Beheld he the crimson light,
And heard the voice that defied        10
Him who was crucified,
And challenged him to the fight.
    To Sigurd the Bishop
    King Olaf confessed it.
And Sigurd the Bishop said,        15
“The old gods are not dead,
For the great Thor still reigns,
And among the Jarls and Thanes
The old witchcraft still is spread.”
    Thus to King Olaf        20
    Said Sigurd the Bishop.
“Far north in the Salten Fiord,
By rapine, fire, and sword,
Lives the Viking, Raud the Strong;
All the Godoe Isles belong        25
To him and his heathen horde.”
    Thus went on speaking
    Sigurd the Bishop.
“A warlock, a wizard is he,
And the lord of the wind and the sea;        30
And whichever way he sails,
He has ever favoring gales,
By his craft in sorcery.”
    Here the sign of the cross
    Made devoutly King Olaf.        35
“With rites that we both abhor,
He worships Odin and Thor;
So it cannot yet be said,
That all the old gods are dead,
And the warlocks are no more,”        40
    Flushing with anger
    Said Sigurd the Bishop.
Then King Olaf cried aloud:
“I will talk with this mighty Raud,
And along the Salten Fiord        45
Preach the Gospel with my sword,
Or be brought back in my shroud!”
    So northward from Drontheim
    Sailed King Olaf!

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