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Sin and Death

By Björnstjerne Björnson (1832–1910)

From ‘Sigurd Slembe’

Translation of William Morton Payne

SIN and Death, at break of day,

Day, day,

Spoke together with bated breath;

Marry thee, sister, that I may stay,

Stay, stay,

In thy house, quoth Death.

Death laughed aloud when Sin was wed,

Wed, wed,

And danced on the bridal day;

But bore that night from the bridal bed,

Bed, bed,

The groom in a shroud away.

Death came to her sister at break of day,

Day, day,

And Sin drew a weary breath;

He whom thou lovest is mine for aye,

Aye, aye,

Mine he is, quoth Death.