Poems of Love and War



  • Music: Howard Skempton
    translated by Judith Jesch
  • Lyrics / Text: Arnor Thordarson (11th cent)
  • Choral MusicSATBSecular

  • Accompaniment: a cappella (or opt instrument)
  • Format: Single Sheet (8.5″ x 11″)
  • Catalog #: X533547
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Poems of Love and War sets a sequence of nine poems from 'Viking Poetry of Love and War' by Judith Jesch. The war poems are formal and celebratory, making vivid use of figures of speech known as 'kennings', while the love poems are more direct, and sometimes playful. Skempton's imaginative settings bring these striking texts to life, artfully using changing metres to evoke the sound of spoken word.

  • The earl bore his banner
  • Sword-edges clashed
  • Bright sun will become black
  • Giver of captured gold
  • I thought, when I caught sight
  • All the grown girls
  • In Gymir's gardens
  • It's a fact, wise woman
  • Priase thie day at evening
  • Additional information

    Weight 0.14 lbs


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