REH Word of the Week: harry Essay
verb1. To make a pillaging or destructive raid on; 2. to force to move along by harassing; 3. to torment by or as if by constant attack[origin: before twelfth century; Middle English harien, from Old English hergian; akin to Old High German herion to lay waste, heri, army, Greek koiranos ruler]HOWARD’S USAGE:From the Baltic Sea our galleys sweepTo South and West and East,We bring our bows from the Northern snowsThat the great grey wolves may feast.To the outmost roads of the plunging seaOur dragon ships are hurled,We have broken the chains of the Southern DanesAnd now we break the world.Out of the dark of the misty northWe come like shapes of the gloamTo harry again the Southland menAnd trample the arms of Rome.The ravens circle above our prowsAnd our chant is the song of the sea.
They hear our oars by a thousand shoresAnd they know that the North is free.[from “The Song of Horsa’s Galley”; for the complete poem see The Collected Poetry of Robert E. Howard, p.
57, Robert E. Howard Selected Poems, p. 463 and Echoes From an Iron Harp, p.