The Tale of Igor

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Juli 2015



Excerpt from The Tale of Igor: Adapted From the Old Russian Legend

Hearken, my brethen, while I tell you the tale of Igor, son of Svyatoslav. In the ancient way shall it be told, not after the fashion of the immortal Boyan but in manner seemly, following the legends of the time. For when Boyan made a song for men to hear, his thoughts leaped swiftly like a squirrel in the tree-tops, or ran like a grey wolf over the plain or like an eagle, soared beneath the clouds. He sent forth falcons to pursue a flock of swans and the first swan that was captured sang its song, a song to Yaroslav the Old, or to Mstislav the Brave who put Rededia to the sword before the tents of Kassog; a song again to Roman, the beauteous son of Svyatoslav. But Boyan, brethren, did not in truth send forth falcons to pursue a flock of swans but with magic fingers he would touch the chords which of themselves would chant the princes praise in sonorous music.

If Boyan, the nightingale of bygone years, had sung of these wars, his spirit would indeed have leaped in the tree of dreams, flown in the dream clouds or followed through fields and hills, the visioned path of Trajan. Thus might he have sung:

"'Tis not the storm
That blows a flight of hawks

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EAN: 9781331023173
ISBN: 1331023173
Untertitel: Adapted From the Old Russian Legend (Classic Reprint). Paperback. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Forgotten Books
Erscheinungsdatum: Juli 2015
Seitenanzahl: 48 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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