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On the Anvil                          On the Anvil MP3 (sung)
                                            On the Anvil MP3 (instr.)
CLANG, clang, clang on the anvil,
In the smithy, by the dark North Sea;
Is it Thor who is smiting with the hammer?
In the fire, is it Odinīs ecstasy?
Clang, clang, clang on the anvil,
We forge anew the flame of heathenry!

Clang, clang, clang on the anvil,
And the flames of Midgardīs forges leap,
When Thor with his red beard glowing
strikes a song of the thunder rumbling deep.
Clang, clang, clang on the anvil.
For the hands, the hands of the heathen may not sleep.

Clang, clang, clang on the anvil,
And the hammers of all Midgard leap;
And Odin with his one eye glowing
Tempers soul-steel in the waters of the deep.
Clang, clang, clang on the anvil.
For the heart, the heart of the heathen may not sleep.

Clang, clang, clang on the anvil,
On the margin of the soul-bright sea.
Is is Odinīs breath within the bellows?
Is it Thor where the sparks are flying free?
Clang, clang, clang on the anvil,
We forge anew the flame of heathenry!


Đ Michaela Macha


License: This poem may be freely distributed, provided it remains
unchanged, including the copyright notice and this License:

This work by Michaela Macha (www.odins-gift.com) is licensed
under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives License.


Adapted from "Viking Song", Composer: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912)
Published in: An Irish Heart by David McKee Wright, 1918. Public Domain.