A Boy Full of Promise A boy full of promise, so you were known A promising man to be But the seeds are sown ere the sprouts are grown Where the Lax river seeks the sea You could swim like a seal and hunt the chase Fight like your foes were cursed But in contest or race you've got second place For Kjartan your cousin was first Bolli, Bolli Thorleikson, why do you look so mild? You're the best of friends, but where friends ends You'd like to win once in a while Gudrun the Proud was in Kjartan's grip She was to be his bride But he fitted his ship, took you on the trip And told her she must abide Two years in Norway, great honor's earned But you sailed home alone Gudrun was spurned, Kjartan wouldn't return So you took her for your own Bolli, Bolli Thorleikson, why do you look so black? You can tell by the horn on the very next morn He's come back-- he's back Why did you have to stay in that place With Kjartan just down the road Would losing face be a greater disgrace Than watching respect erode? The slights and the slurs grew like gathering clouds Hatred it built like the wind One so proud ne'er say it aloud-- She'd never rest till the killings begin Bolli, Bolli Thorleikson, why do you look so spent You can't keep to your farm when her brothers have armed And who knows where this will end Five brothers riding, a deadly pack Sixth blade they hope you'll provide When they start the attack you plan to hold back But you know there's no place to hide Five men beaten by one man's skill Then you stepped forth as they bid Kjartan laid down his steel saying strike if you will And you did-- you did! Bolli, Bolli Thorleikson, why do you look so fierce You cradled his head till you knew he was dead But you could not find your tears Back now quickly to Gudrun's side Back now you hope to her heart But many have died for a woman's pride AJS
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