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Nor wash his visage in the stream,
Yet a while my call obey;
Ha! no traveller art thou,
vow never to clip or comb his hair, till he should have extended his sway over the whole country. Herbert's Iceland. Translat.
Ver. 75. What virgins these, in speechless woe] “It is not certain,” says Mr. Herbert, “ what Odin means by the question concerning the weeping virgins; but it has been supposed that it allndes to the embassy afterwards sent by Frigga to try to redeem Balder from the infernal regions, and that Odin betrays his divinity by mentioning what had not yet happened.” Iceland. Translat. p. 48.
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,
* The original Welsh of the above poem was the composition of Gwalchmai lhe son of Melir, immediately after Prince Owen Gwynedd had defeated the combined fleets of Iceland, Denmark, anil Norway, which had invaded his territory on the coast of Anglesea.
Ver. 4. Gwyneth] North Wales.
This the force of Eirin hiding,
Dauntless on bis 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 thund'ring 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.
Where his glowing eye-balls turn,