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THE KALEVALA

THE

EPIC POEM OF FINLAND

INTO ENGLISH

BY

JOHN MARTIN CRAWFORD

[1888]

BOOK II

CONTENTS

RUNE XXV. Wainamoinen's Wedding-songs

RUNE XXVI. Origin of the Serpent

RUNE XXVII. The Unwelcome Guest

RUNE XXVIII. The Mother's Counsel

RUNE XXIX. The Isle of Refuge

RUNE XXX. The Frost-fiend

RUNE XXXI. Kullerwoinen, Son of Evil

RUNE XXXII. Kullervo as a Shepherd

RUNE XXXIII. Kullervo and the Cheat-cake

RUNE XXXIV. Kullervo finds his Tribe-folk

RUNE XXXV. Kullervo's Evil Deeds

RUNE XXXVI. Kullerwoinen's Victory and Death

RUNE XXXVII Ilmarinen's Bride of Gold

RUNE XXXVIII. Ilmarinen's Fruitless Wooing

RUNE XXXIX. Wainamoinen's Sailing

RUNE XL. Birth of the Harp

RUNE XLI. Wainamoinen's Harp-songs

RUNE XLII. Capture of the Sampo

RUNE XLIII. The Sampo lost in the Sea

RUNE XLIV. Birth of the Second Harp

RUNE XLV. Birth of the Nine Diseases

RUNE XLV1. Otso the Honey-eater

RUNE XLVIL Louhi steals Sun, Moon, and Fire

RUNE XLVIII. Capture of the Fire-fish

RUNE XLIX. Restoration of the Sun and Moon

RUNE, L. Mariatta--Wainamoinen's Departure

EPILOGUE

THE KALEVALA.

RUNE XXV.

WAINAMOINEN'S WEDDING-SONGS.

At the home of Ilmarinen Long had they been watching, waiting, For the coming of the blacksmith, With his bride from Sariola. Weary were the eyes of watchers, Waiting from the father's portals, Looking from the mother's windows; Weary were the young knees standing At the gates of the magician; Weary grew the feet of children, Tramping to the walls and watching; Worn and torn, the shoes of heroes, Running on the shore to meet him. Now at last upon a morning Of a lovely day in winter, Heard they from the woods the rumble Of a snow-sledge swiftly bounding. Lakko, hostess of Wainola, She the lovely Kalew-daughter, Spake these words in great excitement: "'Tis the sledge of the magician, Comes at last the metal-worker From the dismal Sariola, By his side the Bride of Beauty! Welcome, welcome, to this hamlet, Welcome to thy mother's hearth-stone, To the dwelling of thy father, By thine ancestors erected!" Straightway came great Ilmarinen To his cottage drove the blacksmith, To the fireside of his father, To his mother's ancient dwelling. Hazel-birds were sweetly singing On the newly-bended collar; Sweetly called the sacred cuckoos From the summit of the break-board; Merry, jumped the graceful squirrel On the oaken shafts and cross-bar. Lakko, Kalew's fairest hostess, Beauteous daughter of Wainola, Spake these words of hearty welcome: "For the new moon hopes the village, For the sun, the happy maidens, For the boat, the swelling water; I have not the moon expected, For the sun have not been waiting, I have waited for my hero, Waited for the Bride of Beauty; Watched at morning, watched at evening, Did not know but some misfortune, Some sad fate had overtaken Bride and bridegroom on their journey; Thought the maiden growing weary, Weary of my son's attentions, Since he faithfully had promised To return to Kalevala, Ere his foot-prints had departed From the snow-fields of his father. Every morn I looked and listened, Constantly I thought and wondered When his sledge would rumble homeward, When it would return triumphant To his home, renowned and ancient. Had a blind and beggared straw-horse Hobbled to these shores awaiting, With a sledge of but two pieces, Well the steed would have been lauded, Had it brought my son beloved, Had it brought the Bride of Beauty. Thus I waited long, impatient, Looking out from morn till even, Watching with my head extended, With my tresses streaming southward, With my eyelids widely opened, Waiting for my son's returning To this modest home of heroes, To this narrow place of resting. Finally am I rewarded, For the sledge has come triumphant, Bringing home my son and hero, By his side the Rainbow maiden, Red her cheeks, her visage winsome, Pride and joy of Sariola.


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