Kalevala, Volume II

Kalevala, Volume II
The Land of Heroes
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e the handsome Kaukomieli, Put his shirt of mail upon him, Clad himself in arms of battle, And his slave he thus commanded, And he spoke the words which follow: "O my servant, bought with money, Workman, whom I got for money, 370 Harness now my horse of battle, Harness me my fiery war-horse, That unto the feast I journey, Drinking-bout at house of Lempo."

Then the prudent slave, obedient, Hastened quickly to the courtyard, And the foal at once he harnessed, And prepared the fiery red one, And he said on his returning, "I have done what you commanded, 380 And the horse have harnessed for you, And the best of foals have harnessed."

Then the lively Lemminkainen, Thought him ready for his journey, Right hand urging, left restraining, And his sinewy fingers smarting, Now would start, and then reflected, Started then in reckless fashion.

Then her son his mother counselled, Warned her child, the aged woman, 390 At the door, beneath the rafters, At the place where stand the kettles. "O my only so

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