En 14b The Black Men

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    14b. Gosa: Settlement of the Black Men

    [117/20] For 282 years, we had not had an honorary mother. And now that nearly all seemed lost, one was to be elected.

    The lot fell to Gosa, surnamed Makonta. She was burgmaid at Fryasburg on Texland, bright of mind, clear of sense, thoroughly good — and since only her burg had been spared, it was seen by all as her calling.

    Ten years later, the navigators of Forana and Lydasburg came to her. They wished to expel the black men from the land, together with their wives and children, [118] and wanted the mother’s advice on the matter. But Gosa asked: “Can you take them back to their lands, one and all? If so, make haste, or else they will no longer be able to find back their families.” “No,” they answered. Gosa continued: “They have tasted your salt and eaten your bread. They have placed themselves entirely under your care. You must search your own hearts, but I will give you my advice: Keep them until you can bring them back home. But hold them from your burgs. Watch over their morals and educate them as if they were Frya’s sons. Their Frya wives are the strongest here. Their Lyda’s blood will fade away like smoke until,[1] at the last, only Frya’s blood will remain in their descendants.” And so they remained here.

    But I do hope that my descendants will discern in how far Gosa rightly spoke.

    When our lands were passable again, groups of poor Saxmen came with their wives to the regions of Staveren and the Alderga to search for golden and other jewelry in the sodden soil. But the navigators would not permit them, so they settled in the deserted villages of West Fleeland in order to preserve their lives.

    Notes

    1. ‘Frya wives... Lyda's blood’ — added ‘Frya’ and ‘Lyda's’ for clarity.

    Sandbach 1876

    [p.161 cont.] For 282 years[1] we had not had an Eeremoeder, and now, when everything seemed lost, they set about choosing one. The lot fell upon Gosa, surnamed Makonta. She was Burgtmaagd at Fryasburgt, in Texland. She had a clear head and strong sense, and was very good; and as her citadel was the only one that had been spared, every one saw in that her call. Ten years after that the seafarers came from Forana and Lydasburgt. They wished to drive the black men, with their wives and children, out of the country. They wished to obtain the opinion of the mother upon the subject. She asked them: [p.163] Can you send them all back to their country? If so, then lose no time, or they will find no relatives alive. No, they said. Goss replied: They have eaten your bread and salt; they have placed themselves entirely under your protection. You must consult your own hearts. But I will give you one piece of advice. Keep them till you are able to send them back, but keep them outside your citadels. Watch over their morals, and educate them as if they were Frya's sons. Their women are the strongest here. Their blood will disappear like smoke, till at last nothing but Frya's blood will remain in their descendants. So they remained here. Now, I should wish that my descendants should observe in how far Goss spoke the truth. When our country began to recover, there came troops of poor Saxon men and women to the neighbourhoods of Staveren and Alderga, to search for gold and other treasures in the swampy lands. But the sea-people would not permit it, so they went and settled in the empty village of the West Flyland in order to preserve their lives.

    Note Sandbach

    1. Since 587 before Christ. See pages 111 and 113.


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