by William Sharp (1855 - 1905), as Fiona Macleod

Let loose the hounds of war
Language: English 
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"

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This text was added to the website: 2008-08-18
Line count: 18
Word count: 79