A translation of the Early Middle High German Poem,
from the edition “Opitz’s Anno” by Graeme Dunphy.
SONG OF ST. ANNO ARCHBISHOP OF COLOGNE. 20 When Bavaria dared to rise against him, he at once besieged the famous Regensburg. Here he found helmet and byrnie, and many bold heroes who were defending their city. The heathen books tell what kind of warriors were there: there we read "Noricus ensis", which means, "a Bavarian sword", for they believed that no other blade had a better bite, often slicing through a helmet. This was always a brave people. Their tribe came long ago from the magnificent Armenia, where Noah came out of the ark when he received the olive twig from the dove. The remains of the ark are still to be found in the highlands of Ararat. It is said that in those parts there are still those who speak German, far towards India. The Bavarians always loved to go to war. Caesar had to pay in blood for his victory over them.
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