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~ By Courtesy of Others ~

 

Skald’s Heart Helper – Thanks to Eira

First stanza repeated as the burden (chorus)

Eira Kind One, Eira Healer
Walks the Bright Worlds, of Gods and Men
Seeking sorrow, seeking illness
Bringing joy and mending the weal

Through all of time, mankind has sought
Ways to make whole that which is ill
Mind or body, broken or bent
We strive against ev’ry ordeal
- Burden -

The aging skald's heart stopped beating
Untimely pause, then pumped again
The world turned black and body sank
He fully woke and thought anew
- Burden -

He tried to think, wondered calmly,
Where did he go, what had happened?
Without warning, save smallish wooze
He was struck down, like poleaxed steer
- Burden -

His good wife true, had seen him slump
Was quite alarmed and well concerned
She got him to, those who could heal
To see that he, would still be hers
- Burden -

Alone he lay, upon a bed
Within the walls of Healing House
The wise ones there had told him that
His heart was strong, but needed help
- Burden -

They told him how, the beat had ceased
But breath stayed strong, and so did life
But cause was there to open chest
And place inside, a crutch for heart
- Burden -

And so they did, cut into him
And placed the thing, which sat and watched
To count the pace, and keep its time
So life would be, a long, good time
- Burden -

Through all of time, mankind has sought
Ways to make whole that which is ill
Mind or body, broken or bent
We strive against ev’ry ordeal
- Burden -
- Burden -

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