Poetry Map of Scotland, poem no. 202: Sumburgh

A Ballad for Harald

Is there no ballad made for Harald,
paying his respects to Haakon
to such excellent effect

that he won a royal daughter
for his bride, and bore her homeward
over the too unruly seas

to perish in a shipwreck off
the Shetlands, every soul aboard
going to God with dripping hair?

David Callin

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