Let loose the hounds of war, The whirling swords! Send them leaping afar, Red in their thirst for war; Odin laughs in his car At the screaming of the swords! Far let the white-ones fly, The whirling swords! [Afar off the ravens spy]1 Death-shadows cloud the sky. Let the wolves of the Gael die 'Neath the screaming swords! [The]2 Shining Ones yonder High in Valhalla Shout now, with thunder: Drive the Gaels under, Cleave them asunder -- Swords of Valhalla!
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1 Bax: "Far off the ravens cry"
2 Bax: "Ye"
- by William Sharp (1855 - 1905), as Fiona Macleod, "The War-Song of the Vikings", appears in From the Hills of Dream, first published 1896 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Arnold Edward Trevor Bax, Sir (1883 - 1953), "Viking-Battle-Song", 1905 [voice and piano], originally set for voice and orchestra (lost) [text verified 1 time]
- by Charles Tomlinson Griffes (1884 - 1920), "The War-Song of the Vikings", 1914. [male voice and piano] [text verified 1 time]
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