The Northern Way


The Lay of Fiölsvith.

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26. Tell me, Fiölsvith! etc.
whether there be any weapon,
before which Vidofnir may
fall to Hel´s abode?
27. Hævatein the twig is named,
and Lopt plucked it,
down by the gate of Death.
In an iron chest it lies
with Sinmoera,
and is with nine strong locks secured.

28. Tell me, Fiölsvith! etc.
whether he will alive return,
who seeks after,
and will take, that rod?

29. He will return
who seeks after,
and will take, the rod,
if he bears that
which few possess
to the dame of the glassy clay.

30. Tell me, Fiölsvith! etc.
whether there is any treasure,
that mortals can obtain,
at which the pale giantess will rejoice?

31. The bright sickle
that lies in Vidofnir´s wings,
thou in a bag shalt bear,
and to Sinmoera give,
before she will think fit
to lend an arm for conflict.

32. Tell me, Fiölsvith! etc.
what this hall is called,
which is girt round
with a curious flickering flame?

33. Hyr it is called,
and it will long
tremble as on a lance´s point.
This sumptuous house
shall, for ages hence,
be but from hearsay known.

34. Tell me, Fiölsvith! etc.
which of the Æsir´s sons
has that constructed,
which within the court I saw?

35. Uni and Iri,
Bari and Ori,
Var and Vegdrasil,
Dorri and Uri,
Delling and Atvard,
Lidskialf, Loki.

36. Tell me, Fiölsvith! etc.
what that mount is called
on which I see
a splendid maiden stand?

37. Hyfiaberg ´tis called,
and long has it a solace been
to the bowed-down and sorrowful:
each woman becomes healthy,
although a year´s disease she have,
if she can but ascend it.

38. Tell me, Fiölsvith! etc.
how those maids are called,
who sit at Menglöd´s knees
in harmony together?

39. Hlif the first is called,
the second is Hlifthursa,
the third Thiodvarta,
Biört and Blid,
Blidr, Frid,
Eir and Örboda.

40. Tell me, Fiölsvith! etc.
whether they protect
those who offer to them,
if it should, be needful?

41. Every summer
in which men offer to them,
at the holy place,
no pestilence so great shall come
to the sons of men,
but they will free each from peril.

42. Tell me, Fiölsvith! etc.
whether there is any man
that may in Menglöd´s
soft arms sleep?

43. There is no man
who may in Menglöd´s
soft arms sleep,
save only Svipdag;
to him the sun-bright maid
is for wife betrothed.

44. Set the doors open!
Let the gate stand wide;
here thou mayest Svipdag see;
but yet go learn
if Menglöd will
accept my love.

45. Hear, Menglöd!
A man is hither come:
go and behold the stranger;
the dogs rejoice;
the house is opened.
I think it must be Svipdag.

46. Fierce ravens shall,
on the high gallows,
tear out thy eyes,
if thou art lying,
that hither from afar is come
the youth unto my halls.

47. Whence art thou come?
Whence hast thou journeyed?
How do thy kindred call thee?
Of thy race and name
I must have a token,
if I was betrothed to thee.

48. Svipdag I am named,
Solbiart was my father named;
thence the winds on the cold ways drove me.
Urd’s decree
may no one gainsay,
however lightly uttered.

49. Welcome thou art:
my will I have obtained;
greeting a kiss shall follow.
A sight unlooked-for
gladdens most persons,
when one the other loves.

50. Long have I sat
on my loved hill,
day and night
expecting thee.
Now that is come to pass
which I have hoped,
that thou, dear youth, again
to my halls art come.

51. Longing I have undergone
for thy love;
and thou, for my affection.
Now it is certain,
that we shall pass
our lives together.


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