It was ten long years ago, on a cold morning, dark and gray, When her loving husband Bersi, with his warriors sailed away. Every evening, for ten years, Dalla begged the gentle God Njord, To safely carry back her husband, the next morning to the Fjord.
In the morning Dalla would walk down to the water, as the sun shone, But by the afternoon, she was left standing in tears, and all alone. As evening fell Dalla had in her eyes no more tears left to cry, And many a time she thought to jump, into the cold water to die.
Ten years is too long, finally Dalla gave up her husband for dead, She met the Jarl Sverting, and shortly thereafter they were wed. It was not long before the couple was blessed with a little daughter, But secretly, every morning, Dalla walked down to stand by the water.
Then one dark and rainy day, Bersi came back home to their shore, He had been in an English prison, ten years of torture to endure, Bersi set out immediately to find Dalla, his beautiful loving wife, He promised the Gods, if he found her, to remain with her for life.
As it turned out, when he found her, she had already been remarried, And there cradled in her arms, another man' s child his wife carried. Jarl Sverting brought this dilemma up in the court of Eirik the King, Eirik sat in judgement, decreed they must fight at the next All - Thing !
The king claimed that to gain the justice that both men dearly sought, The decision would rest, not by him, but by the way that they fought. Both men were given a sharp sword, and a round wooden shield, The match would end with a death, or if one of them would yield.
Before the contest began, his wife' s daughter gave the Jarl a kiss, And deep inside of Bersi' s heart, he now felt something was amiss. His claim to have his wife back, for some reason now seemed wrong, For it was not the little girl' s fault, that he had been away for so long,
Bersi stood before the king : "I do not wish to be thought of as weak, But this, my Lord, is not the justice which I came before you to seek. I will end my marriage bonds with Dalla, as a simple matter of course, And give the woman I have always loved, her freedom with a divorce.