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Music of the Waters.              213
There is a Laplander's song by Sigurd, relative to their making boats, given also by Mr. Laing :—
" In the Lapland tent Brave days we spent, Under the grey birch-tree ; In bed or on bank, We knew no rank, And a merry crew were we.
w Good ale went round As we sat on the ground, Under the grey birch-tree ; And up with the smoke Flew laugh and joke, And a merry crew were we."
These boats were so light that no ship could overtake them in the water, according to what was sung at the time :—
" Our skin-sewed Fin-boats lightly swim, Over the sea like wind they skim. Our ships are built without a nail ; Few ships like ours can row or sail."
The following is from the pen of King Harald :—
" While wives of husbands fondly dream, Here let us anchor in the stream, In Godnarfiord ; we'll safely moor Our sea-homes, and sleep quite secure."
There is no nation in the world prouder of its national ensign than is Denmark of its Dannebrog — not even England of her Union Jack. Of this Dannebrog there is a curious legend, or rather, I should say, history. During the Valdemarian period the Danes now turned propagan­dists of Christianity, and during the war they waged against the pagan countries on the south and east of the Baltic, in one of the battles fought near Reval, in Russia, in the year 12ig, a great miracle is said to have occurred. They had

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