The Heroic Life and Exploits of Siegfried the Dragon Slayer; An Old German Story

 
9780217039864: The Heroic Life and Exploits of Siegfried the Dragon Slayer; An Old German Story
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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1848. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... shall prevail} keep the horn, and when in the social banquet thou drinkest from it, thou and thy race to all futurity shall think of me and of my casting the spear!" So spake Siegfried, and all who heard him were well pleased with his speech, and said one to another, " He has thrown the spear like a hero, and spoken as became a King's son." THIRD ADVENTURE. Of the Emperor Otnit and Wolfdietrich, and how Siegfried ajked permission to go out into the World. N the evening they all returned singing to the Konigsburg, where they sat down to table in the large hall. They ranged themselves around the fire; one cut himself arrows, another sharpened his sword, or polished his shield, or set his hunting-gear in order. Meantime much was said, both mirthful and grave, of battles and hunting, of feasts and festivals. Siegfried alone sat silent by the fire, played with the burning brands, and looked thoughtfully on the flames as if dreaming. The evening was far advanced, when one of the party took down a horn from the wall, and began to blow on it, whilst an aged minstrel sang a song of the Emperor Otnit, which began thus:-- A "No longer may I tarry," The Emperor Otnit said, "For I must fight the Dragon In yonder forest shade." In vain around him clinging Fast hung his anxious wife, He leaves her in her sorrow, And hastens to the strife. He rode about the forest, He rode the vale along, The weary way beguiling With many an ancient song. In hollows and in caverns He strove the foe to find; His shouts of bold defiance Were lost upon the wind. At length he fees a meadow, Through which a streamlet flows, A bird sang there so sweetly, Inviting to repose. The air was all enchanted, The earth was fairy ground; The very winds breathed music, And magic dwelt around. Upon a bed of rose...

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