The Mermaid's Prophecy
And that I trow full speedily."
But Rosmer shrieked and sprang about:
"Some Christian wight thon dost conceal,
And I will spit and burn thee, Dame,
Unless the truth thou dost reveal."
Then Ellenlile her mantle donned,
And went and stood by Rosmer's knee:
"O here's a swain from Iceland come,
And he's of nearest kin to me."
"If there's a swain from Iceland come,
And if he be thy kinsman near,
Then I to him will safety pledge,
No harm from me he need to fear."
When he two years in the sea had been,
Young Roland he would fain be gone;
For Ellenlile was now with child,
A deed of folly had been done.
When that perceived proud Ellenlile,
Near Rosmer King she took her stand:
"Now wilt thou give the stranger lad
Leave to return to his own land?"
"And if the swain for home doth long,
Then I will take him to the shore;
And I will give him silver and gold,