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"Poems cont." Top 5 Page for this destination Culture Tip by daarth

Culture, Bergen: 12 reviews and 11 photos


¤Prospect of Bergen¤

O, ancient Bjørgvin! from this vantage-view
You look your splendid best, for hence we see
Germanely, from this ridge, the German Quay, —
Yes, God forgive me! — the Triangle too, —
Beyond, your Lead, renowned the whole world through,
Rich mine wherein you seek prosperity, —
And Lunggaard's lake, midst many a green-clad rise,
As deep and lucid as your daughters' eyes! —
And now, the background! Look, where skerries throw
A dark yoke on the sea! The fjord's smooth sleekness!
But even better is the foreground show;
The fell there plunges in a bold obliqueness,
And our blithe troop, lay figures, pose just so,
Its ladies whiling in a fetching weakness
Whenas the southern fruits, all golden-glowing,
(From open knapsacks) make a lovely showing.
Henr. Ibsen

[Ulrikken, the highest of the mountains overlooking Bergen — a favourite spot for walking; the giants, deadly foes to the gods, who were turned to stone if the sun shone upon them; Følgefonn, a glacier on the far-distant Hardanger range; dwarfs, the technicians, so to speak, to the gods — skilled miners and smiths, timorous yet capable of malice; Bjørgvin, the ancient form of Bergen; the German quay, one of the wharfs; southern fruits — a playful pomposity for oranges. Rikke Holst was one of the party. ]

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  • Written Jan 22, 2003
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