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~ Historical & Classical Poetry ~

Viking Song                                    Sheet Music (PDF)
Song for mixed voices (SATB) and piano

CLANG, clang, clang on the anvil,
In the smithy, by the dark North Sea;
Is it Thor that is smiting with the hammer?
Is it Odin with the leather on his knee?
Clang, clang, clang on the anvil,
There are steel ships wanted on the sea !

Clang, clang, clang on the anvil,
And the flames of the forges leap.
Old Thor with his red beard glowing
Has his eye on the furrows of the deep.
Clang, clang, clang on the anvil.
For the forge of the viking may not sleep.

Clang, clang, clang on the anvil,
And the hammers of the South Land leap.
Australia with her bright hair glowing
Has her eye on the furrows of the deep.
Clang, clang, clang on the anvil.
For the blood of the viking may not sleep.

Clang, clang, clang on the anvil,
On the margin of the soul-bright sea.
Is it Odin that is watching in the shadow?
Is it Thor where the sparks fly free?
Clang, clang, clang on the anvil,
There are steel ships wanted on the sea !

Composer: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912)
Published in: An Irish Heart by David McKee Wright, 1918. Public Domain.
Sheet music
PDF: Auburn University Libraries, licensed for non-commercial use.