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The Song of Deirdra, King Byrge and his Brothers and Other Ballads   By: (1803-1881)

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The book, The Song of Deirdra, King Byrge and his Brothers and Other Ballads by George Henry Borrow, is a captivating collection of poetic ballads that takes the reader on an enchanting journey through folklore and mythology. Borrow's mastery of language and his deep understanding of storytelling shine through in every verse, making this anthology a joy to read.

One of the standout features of this book is Borrow's ability to transport the reader to ancient times and faraway lands. With vivid imagery and evocative descriptions, he brings to life extraordinary characters and epic adventures. Whether it is the tragic love story of Deirdra or the heroic exploits of King Byrge and his brothers, each ballad is a world of its own, filled with beauty, complexity, and emotion.

Borrow's obvious passion for ancient folklore shines through in the meticulous attention to detail present in each ballad. Historical accuracy is combined with a touch of mysticism, creating a unique blend that makes the stories feel authentic and magical at the same time. It is evident that the author has done extensive research and has a deep appreciation for the art of storytelling.

The narrative rhythm and rhyme scheme employed in these ballads add to their poetic charm. Borrow displays a mastery of meter and language, effortlessly weaving together words that create a musical quality to the verses. This not only enhances the reading experience but also adds to the overall impact of the tales being told.

In addition to the ballads themselves, the book also features insightful commentary and background information that further enhances the reader's understanding and appreciation for the stories. These additions provide additional context and historical references, allowing the reader to delve deeper into the world of these timeless tales.

Overall, The Song of Deirdra, King Byrge and his Brothers and Other Ballads is a remarkable collection that showcases Borrow's exceptional storytelling prowess. Through his masterful use of language, imaginative storytelling, and attention to detail, Borrow gives us a glimpse into the rich tapestry of folklore and mythology. Readers who enjoy both poetry and stories imbued with magic and adventure will find this anthology a true delight.

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Transcribed from the 1913 Thomas J. Wise pamphlet by David Price, email





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


Farewell, grey Albyn, much loved land, I ne’er shall see thy hills again; Upon those hills I oft would stand And view the chase sweep o’er the plain.

’Twas pleasant from their tops I ween To see the stag that bounding ran; And all the rout of hunters keen, The sons of Usna in the van.

The chiefs of Albyn feasted high, Amidst them Usna’s children shone; And Nasa kissed in secrecy The daughter fair of high Dundron.

To her a milk white doe he sent, With little fawn that frisked and played And once to visit her he went, As home from Inverness he strayed.

The news was scarcely brought to me When jealous rage inflamed my mind; I took my boat and rushed to sea, For death, for speedy death, inclined... Continue reading book >>

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