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In the eleventh century, Sigurd, Earl of the Orkney Islands, went with a fleet of ships, and a considerable body of troops, into Ireland, to the assistance of Sigtryg with the filken beard, who was then making war on his fatherin-law Brian, King of Dublin. The Earl and all his forces were cut to pieces, and Sigtryg was in danger of a total defeat; but the enemy had a greater loss, by the death of Brian, their King, who fell in the action. On Chistmas-day, (the day of the battle,) a native of Caithness in Scotland saw, at a diftance, a number of persons on horseback, riding full speed towards a hill, and seeming to enter into it. Curiosity led him to follow
them; till looking through an opening in the rocks, he saw twelve gigantic figures resembling women : they were all employed about a loam, and as they wove, they sung the following dreadful song; which when they had finished, they tore the web into twelve pieces, and, each taking her portion, galloped fix to the north, and as many to the south.
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me the Weights that play below,
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Now the storm begins to lower,
Note.— The Valkyriur were female divinities, servants of Odin for Woden) in the Gothic mythology. Their name signifies Chufers of the slain. They were mounted on swift horses, with drawn swords in their hands; and in the throng of battle selected such as were deli tined to flaughter, and conducted them to Valhalla, (the hall of Odin, or paradife of the brave,) where they attended the banquet, and served the departed heroes with horns of mead and ale.
* How quick they wheeld, and, flying, behind them shot
Sharp Vleet of arrowy shower-- Milt. Par. Regained.
+ The noise of battle hurtled in the air.
SHAKES. Jul. Cæs.