Why does beauteous Lina weep? (John Wall Callcott)
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Original text and translations
From "Twilight of the gods" by Thomas James Mathias (1754-1835), lines 61-72
Why does beauteous Lina weep?
Whence those lorn notes in accent deep?
A day of war!—prepare, prepare:
Aloft in distant realms of air,
Mark the murd'rous monster stalk,
In printless majesty of walk.
Odin fearless meets the shock,
The towers of heaven around him rock;
Though arm'd in panoply divine,
He yields, and owns the fated sign;
To the mansions drear he turns:
In vain the beauteous Lina mourns.
Note: "Murd'rous monster" refers to the wolf monster Fenris, who killed Odin and was in turn killed by Odin's son.