Heathen Pride

And now for my first poem posting on this blog. It’s written in the fornyrðislag meter.

“Heathen Pride”

We are hearty heathens,
happy and proud;
the gods of the North
we gladly hail.
The honored ancestors’
awesome gods
are kith and kin
and keep us together.

We eagerly learn
the elder lore
and the needful virtues
of noble ancestors.
Odin of the Aesir
we honor for wisdom,
the power of poetry
and the potent runes.

Tyr the one-handed,
the wolf he bound,
we honor for courage
and order in the world.
Thor we hail
for hammer of might;
he wards and hallows
our holy steads.

Freyja for freedom
and frolic we hail;
her love and pleasure
lifts our spirits.
Freyr we hail
for harvest’s reward
and peace and plenty
in proper seasons.

Many more
of mighty gods
we bid and hail
in holy blessings.
In raising our horns
with holy mead,
we hail heathenry
and heathen pride!

Copyright © 2011 Eirik Westcoat
Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives License

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