A Norse prayer

Hail, day! | Hail, sons of day!
And night and her daughter now!
Look on us here | with loving eyes,
That waiting we victory win.

Hail to the gods! | Ye goddesses, hail,
And all the generous earth!
Give to us wisdom | and goodly speech,
And healing hands, life-long.

~Brynhildr the Valkyrie’s toast to the gods. From “The Ballad of the Victory-Bringer“, or “Sigrdrífumál”, part of the Poetic Edda, an old Norse saga.

On a side note, I really like Brynhildr, although I haven’t read the entire Edda yet. A couple of men tricked her and treated her evilly, in various ways depending on which story you read, but she was bad-ass. She was strong, willful, recognized as wise, and clearly desirable. Also, possibly a dominatrix, as she tied her husband to the ceiling on their wedding night.

You can read the Ballad at sacred-texts.com, and here’s a great painting of the Valkyrie that I adore, by G. Bussière.


~ by b on December 13, 2012.

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