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To The Dannebrog

Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson 1832 (Kvikne) – 1910 (Paris)



(When Dybbol was captured)
Dannebrog of old was seeming

Snow-white, rosy red,

Through the mists of ages beaming,
Heaven's gift outspread,
Rich as fruits of Denmark's planting,
Grand as song of heroes chanting,
Spirit-winged to deeds of daring
O'er the wide world faring.

Dannebrog, thou now art seeming

Death-pale, bloody red,

Like a dying sea-gull gleaming
White with blood o'erspread.
Purple tides the wounds are showing
From thy faith in justice flowing;
Denmark, bear the cross, thy burden
Honor is thy guerdon!

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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Scheme AB C BABBBX B C BABBDD
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 507
Words 84
Stanzas 6
Stanza Lengths 2, 1, 6, 1, 1, 6

Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson

Bjørnstjerne Martinius Bjørnson was a Norwegian writer who received the 1903 Nobel Prize in Literature "as a tribute to his noble, magnificent and versatile poetry, which has always been distinguished by both the freshness of its inspiration and the rare purity of its spirit", becoming the first Norwegian Nobel laureate. Bjørnson is considered to be one of The Four Greats (De Fire Store) among Norwegian writers, the others being Henrik Ibsen, Jonas Lie, and Alexander Kielland. Bjørnson is also celebrated for his lyrics to the Norwegian National Anthem, "Ja, vi elsker dette landet". more…

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