Friday, June 16, 2006

The Challenge of Thor

The Challenge of Thor
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I AM the God Thor,
I am the War God,
I am the Thunderer!
Here in my Northland,
My fastness and fortress,
Reign I forever!

Here amid icebergs
Rule I the nations;
This is my hammer,
Miƶlner the mighty;
Giants and sorcerers
Cannot withstand it!

These are the gauntlets
Wherewith I wield it,
And hurl it afar off;
This is my girdle;
Whenever I brace it,
Strength is redoubled!

The light thou beholdest
Stream through the heavens,
In flashes of crimson,
Is but my red beard
Blown by the night-wind,
Affrighting the nations!
Jove is my brother;
Mine eyes are the lightning;
The wheels of my chariot
Roll in the thunder,
The blows of my hammer
Ring in the earthquake!

Force rules the world still,
Has ruled it, shall rule it;
Meekness is weakness,
Strength is triumphant,
Over the whole earth
Still is it Thor's-Day!

Thou art a God too,
O Galilean!
And thus singled-handed
Unto the combat,
Gauntlet or Gospel,
Here I defy thee!


Ralph said...
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Ralph said...

Right. New comment. Sorry, I originally thought poem was by Wordworth, but realize now it's by Longfellow. The author of Hiawatha. I have a soft spot for Longfellow I guess, but really find his work a bit cumbersome. This one kind of reminds me of the Crazy World of Arthur Brown song, "I am the God of Hellfire and I bring you Fire - Da-Da-Dah..."

DocTorDee said...

I love the direct challenge to Christ at the end of the poem. It's good for Christ to be challenged and for him to defend himself. He is a god, after all.