Learn More

Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson

(8 December 1832 – 26 April 1910 / Kvikne)

At A Banquet Given To The Deputation Of The Swedish Riksdag To The Coronation, In Trondhjem, July 17


You chosen men we welcome here
From brothers near.
We welcome you to Olaf's town
That Norway's greatest mem'ries crown,
Where ancient prowess looking down
With searching gaze,
The question puts to sea and strand:
Are men now in the Northern land
Like yesterday's?

'T is well, if on the battlefield
Our 'Yes' is sealed!
'T is well, if now our strength is steeled
To grasp our fathers' sword and shield
And in life's warfare lift and wield
For God and home!
For us they fought; 't is now our call
To raise for them a temple-hall,
Fair freedom's dome.

List to the Northern spirit o'er
Our sea and shore!
Here once high thoughts in word were freed,
In homely song, in homely deed;
And ever shall the selfsame need
That spirit sing:
Heed not things trivial, foreign, new;
Alone th' eternal, Northern, true
Can harvest bring.

O brother-band, this faith so dear
Has brought us here?
The spirit of the North to free,
Our common toil and prayer shall be,
Those greater days again to see,-
As once before,
Of home and trust a message strong
To send the warring world we long
Forevermore.

Submitted: Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (At A Banquet Given To The Deputation Of The Swedish Riksdag To The Coronation, In Trondhjem, July 17 by Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. If, Rudyard Kipling
  2. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  3. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  4. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  5. Christmas Trees, Robert Frost
  6. A Child's Christmas in Wales, Dylan Thomas
  7. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  8. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
  9. A Dream Within A Dream, Edgar Allan Poe
  10. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda

Poem of the Day

poet Christina Georgina Rossetti

Go from me, summer friends, and tarry not:
I am no summer friend, but wintry cold,
A silly sheep benighted from the fold,
A sluggard with a thorn-choked garden plot.
...... Read complete »

   

New Poems

  1. Expression Eruption: Confidence, Onyekachukwu Vincent Onyeche
  2. An Indian English Ph.D. Thesis On Modern.., Bijay Kant Dubey
  3. the half truth, Dr Puneet Aggarwal
  4. Argumentative ones, Gangadharan nair Pulingat..
  5. Love children, gajanan mishra
  6. 25 December 2014, Pranab K. Chakraborty
  7. Wipe out terrorism, gajanan mishra
  8. The hilarious children., Gangadharan nair Pulingat..
  9. Let us discuss poems, gajanan mishra
  10. Eyes Tell a Story, Rohit Sapra
[Hata Bildir]