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Book I: the legends of the Northmen. (A. D. 985-1008.) These extracts are taken from two Icelandic works called Thattr Eireks Randa (the piece about Eirek the Red) and Graenlendinga Thatt (the piece about the Greenlanders). These passages were translated by J. Elliot Cabot, Esq., and were published in The Massachusetts Quarterly Review for March, 1849. It is now the general belief of historians, that these legends are mainly correct; and that the region described as Vinland was a part of the North-American Continent. Beyond this we do not know. The poet Whittier has written thus of these early explorers, in his poem called The Norsemen:— What sea-worn barks are those which throw The light spray from each rushing prow? Have they not in the North Sea's blast Bowed to the waves the straining mast? Their frozen sails the low, pale sun Of Thule's night has shone upon; Flapped by the sea-wind's gusty sweep, Round icy drift and headland steep. Wild Jutland's wives and Lochlin's