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Transcribed from the 1913 Thomas J. Wise pamphlet by David Price, email ccx074@pglaf.org. Many thanks to Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library, UK, for kindly supplying the images from which this transcription was made.

[Picture: Manuscript of Ramund]



THE FOUNTAIN OF MARIBO AND OTHER BALLADS

BY GEORGE BORROW

LONDON: PRINTED FOR PRIVATE CIRCULATION

1913

Copyright in the United States of America by Houghton Mifflin & Co. for Clement Shorter.



THE FOUNTAIN OF MARIBO OR THE QUEEN AND THE ALGREVE

The Algreve {7} he his bugle wound The long night all— The Queen in bower heard the sound, I'm passion's thrall.

The Queen her little page address'd, The long night all— "To come to me the Greve request," I'm passion's thrall.

He came, before the board stood he, The long night all— "Wherefore, O Queen, has sent for me?" I'm passion's thrall.

"As soon as e'er my lord is dead, The long night all— Thou shalt rule o'er my gold so red," I'm passion's thrall.

"O speak not, Queen, in such wild style, The long night all— Thou know'st not who may list the while," I'm passion's thrall.

She fondly thought alone they were, The long night all— There stood the King, to all gave ear, I'm passion's thrall.

The King two serving men address'd, The long night all— "To come to me the Queen request," I'm passion's thrall.

"Hear thou, my Queen, so fair and sleek, The long night all— What with the Algreve didst thou speak?" I'm passion's thrall.

"The speech that I with him did hold, The long night all— Was all about thy actions bold," I'm passion's thrall.

"The King two servants did command, The long night all— "Bid ye the Greve before me stand," I'm passion's thrall.

"Hear thou, my Greve, what with my Queen The long night all— Didst thou discourse of yestere'en?" I'm passion's thrall.

"The whole discourse that we did hold, The long night all— Was of thy virtues manifold," I'm passion's thrall.

The King his little page address'd, The long night all— "To come to me the cook request," I'm passion's thrall.

"Thou cook, the Greve to pieces chop, The long night all— And to thy Lady serve him up," I'm passion's thrall.

Long sat the Queen, the meat she eyed, The long night all— "This is no Roe I'm satisfied, I'm passion's thrall.

"But 'tis the Greve our hall who grac'd." The long night all— The pieces she collects in haste, I'm passion's thrall.

She wrapped them in white ermine skin, The long night all— A gilded chest she placed them in. I'm passion's thrall.

She them collects, then wends her slow, The long night all— Unto the fount of Maribo. I'm passion's thrall.

She dipped them in the water pure, The long night all— "Rise, Christian man, I thee conjure!" I'm passion's thrall.

The man arose, and thanked his God, The long night all— Then from the country forth he trod. I'm passion's thrall.



RAMUND

Ramund thought he should a better man be If better apparel arrayed him; Of garments of leather, and hemp patch'd together, The Queen then a present made him. "These I will not wear," bold Ramund he said, "They beseem me not fair," said Ramund the young.

"Your garments of tow and leather bestow On the cleaners of trencher and platter." The Lady to give him fresh clothes was not slow, And of sammet and silk were the latter. "Yes, these will I wear," bold Ramund he said, "They beseem me right fair," said Ramund the young.

Ramund he into the shop now hies, Where the best of all tailors was sitting: "Now wilt thou, O tailor, so dext'rous and wise, Make clothes for Ramund fitting?" "And why should I not?" the tailor he said, "Then thou'lt do well I wot," said Ramund the young.

"Twice twenty-five ells for the breeches take, Fifteen for the points of the breeches; And them thou must strong and durable make If thou therein settest stitches." "These are too tight," bold Ramund he said, "I can't stride out aright," said Ramund the young.

Now Ramund his ships beside the shore With everything needful prepareth; And away, away, the salt ocean o'er To the land of the Jutuns he beareth. "We are come to this soil," bold Ramund he said, "And withouten much toil," said Ramund the young.

Ramund he wanders along the strand, There seven tall Giants faced him: "If I take Ramund in my left hand I afar from the land will cast him." "You'll not do that alone," bold Ramund he said, "Ye must come every one," said Ramund the young.

Ramund drew out his trusty glaive, To which Dymling for name he had given; And dead to the earth with seven blows brave He hewed the Jotuns seven. "There ye all seven lie," bold Ramund he said, "And still living am I," said Ramund the young.

Ramund walked on till the big Jutt he spied, And to see him he sorely wonder'd; For full fifty ells was his carcase wide, And his height was nearly a hundred. "What a breadth, what a height!" bold Ramund he said, "Dost wish for a fight?" said Ramund the young.

"Dear Ramund, if thou wilt let me live, And to me no damage wilt proffer, I'll bathe thee in wine, and to thee I will give Seven bushels of gold from my coffer." "Make 'em eight, if you will," bold Ramund he said, "I will cut thee down still," said Ramund the young.

The first, first day that together they fought With their naked fists they contested; Then Ramund he hold of the Jutt's beard caught And the flesh from the teeth he wrested. "Thou grinnest full evil, bold Ramund," he said, "Thou look'st worse than the Devil," said Ramund the young.

Next day they set to at the rise of the sun, Again with a rage unexampled; The huge stone mountain they stood upon To the earth 'neath their feet was trampled. "'Tis hard sport, I swear!" the giant he said, "We began but this year," said Ramund the young.

Then Ramund again to his sword recurred, To which Dymling for name he had given; And the head of the Jutt, which no ox could have stirred, He hewed high unto the heaven. "'Twould not cut well I thought," bold Ramund he said "Yet it cut as it ought," said Ramund the young.

Ramund he into the mountain strode, Where the small trolds house were keeping; The tears fast down their visages flow'd, For Ramund they fell to weeping. "Do ye weep for me," bold Ramund he said, "I'll ne'er weep for ye," said Ramund the young.

Now Ramund behold is dealing his blows Like the Kemps most famed for fighting; About and around in the cave he goes To the earth the demons smiting. "I rule here at my ease," bold Ramund he said, "And can do what I please," said Ramund the young.

On his ship entered he so vehemently That it cracked his vehemence under; In the ship the men all began loudly to bawl And thought they should certainly founder. "We shall not sink here," bold Ramund he said, "So ye need not to fear," said Ramund the young.

Now Ramund he straight seven ships did freight With the gold which the Trolds had hoarded; Then across the tide to the land he hied O'er which the Emperor lorded. "To this land we are come," bold Ramund he said, "We no farther will roam," said Ramund the young.

On the white sand Ramund his anchor flung, The high prow strandward turning; And the very first man to land that sprung Was himself, with eagerness burning. "Now do nothing more," bold Ramund he said, "All labour give o'er," said Ramund the young.

To the Ball-house he sped, where the kempions play'd At ball with glee and vigour; But at his coming all stood adread, At the sight of so fierce a figure. "Pretty sport is this same," bold Ramund he said, "I'll make one in the game," said Ramund the young.

With fear and dismay upon his brow From a window the Emperor gazes: "O who is that man in the yard below That makes such horrible faces?" "'Tis I, and with glee," bold Ramund he said, "I'll do battle with thee," said Ramund the young.

Ramund he struck on his sword amain, The earth to its centre trembled; The small birds swooned and fell on the plain, On the bough that were singing assembled. "Come down to me, knave," bold Ramund he said, "Or by God I shall rave," said Ramund the young.

Ramund he into the door now trode, His face like a burning ember: "Though iron and steel oppose my road I'll penetrate to his chamber." "Now be on thy guard," bold Ramund he said, "I'm about to strike hard," said Ramund the young.

On the door Ramund smote with an iron bar stout, The castle was rent and parted; 'Neath that blow's power nod wall and tower, From their place the windows started. "You see I broke in," bold Ramund he said, "Now at stake is thy skin," said Ramund the young.

"Dear Ramund, dear Ramund, my life now spare, And with benefits thee I'll cover; I'll give thee my youngest daughter fair, And the half of the land I rule over." "Can take all any tide," bold Ramund he said, "And thy daughter beside," said Ramund the young.

Ramund then drew out Dymling his blade, Of his valour the trusty assistant; And he hewed at the Emperor so that his head Flew fifteen furlongs distant. "I thought 'twould not sever," bold Ramund he said, "But the blood runs however," said Ramund the young.



ALF OF ODDERSKIER

Alf he dwells at Odderskier, Is rich and bold withal; Two stout and stalwart sons has he Whom men do kempions call.

Yes, two stout sons of mighty fame Has Alf of Odderskier; Of the king who dwells on Upsal fells They love the daughter fair.

It was youthful Helmer Kamp, From stall his courser led; "O I will hie me up the land And the king's fair daughter wed."

It was youthful Angelfyr He sprang on his courser's back: "And I will ride to Upsal too, Though the earth beneath me crack."

And when they entered the castle yard They doffed their cloaks of skin; Then straight they strode to the high, high hall, To the monarch of Upsal in.

In came youthful Helmer Kamp, With grace and beauty rife: "O King, thy daughter dear I love, Wilt give her me for wife?"

In came youthful Angelfyr, His steely helmet shone: "O King, give up thy daughter to me, And straight from the land begone."

Then answered soon the Upsal-King, And a brave reply he gave: "On my daughter I'll no husband force, She'll choose whom she will have."

"Now many thanks, dear father, that Thou leav'st the choice to me; I'll plight me to young Helmer Kamp, He's like a man to see.

"But I'll not have young Angelfyr, He's an ugly Trold to view; His father so is, his mother so is, So are all his kindred too."

Then answered the young Angelfyr, So sorely wroth he grew: "Come, brother, come to the court-yard down, For her we will battle do."

Then up and spake the Upsal King, And the Upsal King did say: "The swords are sharp, the swains are stark, There'll be, I trow, good play."

Alf he stands at Odderskier, And he listens the mountains tow'rds; Then must he hear so far, far off The clash of his children's swords.

And that heard Alf of Odderskier, So far across the down: "What have my sons now got in hand? Why so wrathful are they grown?"

He tarried then so short a space, He sprang on his courser red; And he arrived at Upsala Before his sons lay dead.

"Now tell me, youthful Helmer Kamp, Tell me my dearest son, Wherefore so free from thy flesh and bone Those bloody rivers run?"

Then answered the young Helmer Kamp, As he writhed him round with pain; This Angelfyr, my brother, has done Since the maid he could not gain.

I have full fifteen mortal wounds, They are blent with poison all; But if I had only one of them, I dead full soon must fall."

"Now list to me, young Angelfyr, Beloved son of mine; Say, wherefore trembles so the sword, In that good hand of thine?"

"Ask'st thou why trembles so the sword In this right hand of mine? Because I've eighteen mortal wounds, And to hurt me they combine.

"I have full eighteen mortal wounds, And each so deadly sore; If I had only one of them I could not live an hour."

It was Alf of Odderskier, An oak by the root uptore; It was the young Helmer Kamp Whom dead he laid in gore.

Now lie the valiant kempions two, Within a single grave; And the King to his daughter cannot give The swain whom she will have.

Sore sorrows Alf of Odderskier, His valiant children slain. Whilst Upsal's King may still at home His daughter fair retain.

LONDON: Printed for THOMAS J. WISE, Hampstead, N.W.

Edition limited to Thirty Copies.



Footnote:

{7} A title of dignity, equivalent to that of Count.

THE END

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