And on the verge of this wild sea
Famine and death doth cry;
The cries of women and of babes
field doth fly.
The King is seen raging afar,
With all his men of might;
Like blazing comets scattering death
Thro' the red
Beneath his arm like sheep they die,
And groan upon the plain;
The battle faints, and bloody men
upon hills of slain.
Now death is sick, and riven men
Labour and toil for life;
Steed rolls on steed, and shield on shield,
in this sea of strife!
The god of war is drunk with blood;
The earth doth faint and fail;
The stench of blood makes sick the
Ghosts glut the throat of hell!
O what have kings to answer for
Before that awful throne;
When thousand deaths for vengeance cry,
ghosts accusing groan!
Like blazing comets in the sky
That shake the stars of light,
Which drop like fruit unto the earth
fierce burning night;
Like these did Gwin and Gordred meet,
And the first blow decides;
Down from the brow unto the breast
his head divides!
Gwin fell: the sons of Norway fled,
All that remain'd alive;
The rest did fill the vale of death,
For them the
The river Dorman roll'd their blood
Into the northern sea;
Who mourn'd his sons, and overwhelm'd
pleasant south country.