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“ There were six of us all together,
Norsemen of Helgoland;
And dragged them to the strand!”
Here Alfred the Truth-Teller
Suddenly closed his book,
Depicted in their look.
And Othere the old sea-captain
Stared at him wild and weird, Then smiled, till his shining teeth Gleamed white from underneath
His tawny, quivering beard.
And to the King of the Saxons,
In witness of the truth,
A WIND came up out of the sea,
It hailed the ships, and cried, “ Sail on, Ye mariners, the night is gone."
And hurried landward far away,
It said unto the forest, “ Shout!
It touched the wood-bird's folded wing, And said, “ O bird, awake and sing."
And o'er the farms, “ O chanticleer,
It whispered to the fields of corn, “ Bow down, and hail the coming morn."
It shouted through the belfry-tower,
It crossed the churchyard with a sigh,