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Song of Praise to Odin           In Swedish: En lovsång åt Oden

Although my bone-house was built
on a fragile foundation,
I got from the High One
a glorious compensation:
the bloody brew
which the mountain hid,
which dwarves made
and etins owned,

until the Father of the Slain cunningly
won it for others.
Speech-runes roar
in the mead-vessel's depths;
mind-runes shine
on the horn's rim;
songs and tales told
with the Swedes' tongue

resound again
with power through the world.
One seldom gets
a fairer gift
from the poets' friend,
from the lord of Valhalla.
I thank you, Odin,
for the comfort you gave!

© Ingeborg S. Nordén

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Image: "Odin", Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones (1833-1898)

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