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Ulf Van Yern and Other Ballads   By: (1803-1881)

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George Henry Borrow's Ulf Van Yern and Other Ballads transports readers on a vivid journey of discovery through the lands of Eastern Europe. Featuring a collection of enchanting ballads, Borrow effortlessly captivates his audience with his lyrical prose and evocative storytelling.

One of the book's most striking aspects is the rich and immersive world-building. Borrow showcases his deep understanding of the cultures and traditions of the region as he weaves tales of heroes, forbidden love, and ancient myths. His descriptions of landscapes, customs, and historical events are so vivid that readers can almost taste the flavors of traditional dishes or feel the chilling wind on their skin.

Borrow's expertise in capturing the essence of Eastern European folklore shines brilliantly in the ballads presented in this collection. Each poem is a window into a different aspect of the region's rich oral tradition. Whether it be a tale of bravery, tragedy, or romance, the author skillfully brings these narratives to life, injecting them with his unique blend of melancholy and resilience.

Moreover, the book is imbued with a sense of timelessness. While Borrow's ballads are firmly rooted in the past, their themes and messages remain relevant to this day. Themes of love, honor, and sacrifice resonate with readers across cultures and generations, reminding us of the enduring qualities that make us human.

The lyrical quality of Borrow's writing is another highlight of Ulf Van Yern and Other Ballads. His command of language and rhythm creates an enchanting experience for readers. Through his mastery of verse, Borrow draws readers into a world where passions run high, conflicts unfold, and heroes rise to the occasion.

Although Ulf Van Yern and Other Ballads is not a widely known title, it is a hidden gem that lovers of folklore and lyrical poetry should not miss. George Henry Borrow's elegant and insightful portrayal of Eastern European ballads offers a cultural and literary experience that will leave readers mesmerized. His ability to tap into the essence of human emotions and the human condition transcends time, making this collection a valuable addition to any bookshelf.

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Copyright in the United States of America by Houghton , Mifflin & Co. for Clement Shorter .


It was youthful Ulf Van Yern Goes before the King to stand: “To avenge my father’s death Lend me warriors of thy band.”

“Of my kemps I’ll lend thee them Who to follow thee consent; Ask’st thou Vidrik Verlandson Thou wilt further thy intent.

“I will lend thee of my men, Thou shalt have the very flower; Vidrik, and stark Diderik, Many kemps have felt their power.

“They are heroes strong and bold Who have battles often won; Feared are they in every land Where their names’ renown has gone.”

In walked he, the good Dane King, Glittering like the morning star: “Which of ye, my Danish swains, Will attend my friend to war?”

Stalked the King along the floor, Bore a gold cup in his hand: “Which of ye, my courtmen, will, Follow Wolf with shield and brand?”

To their mouths their hats they held, None to answer him made haste, Save bold Vidrik Verlandson, Of them all he made a jest... Continue reading book >>

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