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Hymn of Skinfaxi Sun-Bearer

I am Skinfaxi dawn-bringer, the shining one,
I pull the bright chariot of the white-dancing sun;
Men do not speak of me for fear of mantle of burning,
Or of curse from the gleam returning.
From Asgard pours my snowy reach of fire,
Glowing mead in every vein, nectar of desire;
Well-known in every heart is Skinfaxi the proud,
Shining conqueror of mist and cloud;
It is the godsí jewel, this brooch-of-day,
Gift of bold shimmering to show mortals the way.
If a warrior wishes to learn the leap of flame,
Let him call Skinfaxiís fearless name;
He will study the fierce guardianship of light,
And bearing flame he will blind menís sight.

Skinfaxi also gleams across wombs of birth,
Gold-spreading on women and the young green earth;
Skinfaxi I am called, that is Shining Mane,
Sacred the shining that turns the jewels of rain.
Birch maidens raise slim white arms,
Sun-glitter on leaves is their necklace of silver charms;
I am the Horse of great splendor, scatterer-of-dark,
Hear the ringing cry as hoof strikes the golden spark.

© Cameron La Follette

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