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Nina Bacos (Sverige)

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Nina Bacos (Sverige)

Location: Frederiksundsvej 76. København NV

The Ballad of Valour

As I was working with this piece I ran in to this old Scottish ballad from the 1300th century.

The Two Corbies

As I was walking all alane,
I heard twa corbies making a mane;
The tane unto the t'other say,
Wher sall we gang and dine today?'

'In behint yon auld fail dyke,
I wot there lies a new-slain knight;
And naebody kens that he lies there,
But his hawk, his hound, and his lady fair.

His hound is to the hunting gane,
His hawk, to fetch the wild-fowl hame,
His lady's ta'en another mate,
So we may make our dinner sweet.

Ye'll sit on his white hause-bane,
And I'll pike out his bonny blue e'en;
Wi' ae lock o' his gowden hair
We'll theek our nest when it grows bare.

Many a one for him makes mane,
But nane sall ken whare he is gane:
O'er his white banes, when they are bare,
The wind sall blaw for evermair.'

Wordlist
Corbie   Raven
Dyke    Wall
Mane    Complaint
Housebane    Collar-bone

A later English version of this ballad changed the context. In that, the faithful hound watches over the knight while the hawk fetches his wife so that she can burry him.

My work 'The Ballad of Valour' refers to a number of artist's work on the theme of women and violence of which Annika Von Housewolf's is the most important for me.


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