The Poetic Edda - Bellows (1923)
1. (148) The songs I know that
kings wives know not,
Nor men that are sons of men;
The first is called help, and help it can bring thee
In sorrow and pain and sickness. Ed em (In sickness and pain and every sorrow.)
2. (149) A second I know, that
men shall need
Who leechcraft long to use;
3. (150) A third I know, if
great is my need
Of fetters to hold my foe;
Blunt do I make mine enemys blade,
Nor bites his sword or staff.
4. (151) A fourth I know, if
men shall fasten
Bonds on my bended legs;
So great is the charm that forth I may go,
The fetters spring from my feet,
Broken the bonds from my hands.
5. (152) A fifth I know if
I see from afar
An arrow fly gainst the folk;
It flies not so swift that I stop it not,
If ever my eyes behold it.
6. (153) A sixth I know, if
harm one seeks
With a saplings roots to send me;
The hero himself who wreaks his hate
Shall taste the ill ere I.
7. (154) A seventh I know, if
I see in flames
The hall oer my comrades heads;
It burns not so wide that I will not quench it,
I know that song to sing.
8. (155) An eighth I know, that
is to all
Of greatest good to learn;
When hatred grows among heroes sons,
I soon can set it right.
9. (156) A ninth I know, if
need there comes
To shelter my ship on the flood;
The wind I calm upon the waves,
And the sea I put to sleep.
10. (157) A tenth I know, what
time I see
House-riders flying on high;
So can I work that wildly they go,
Showing their true shapes,
Hence to their homes.
11. (158) An eleventh I know, if
needs I must lead
To the fight my long-loved friends;
I sing in the shields, and in strength they go
Whole to the field of fight,
Whole from the field of fight,
And whole they come thence home.
12. (159) A twelfth I know, if
high on a tree
I see a hanged man swing;
So do I write and colour the runes
That forth he fares,
And to me talks.
13. (160) A thirteenth I know, if
a thane full young
With water I sprinkle well;
He shall not fall, though he fares mid the host,
Nor sink beneath the swords.
14. (161) A fourteenth I know, if
fain I would name
To men the mighty gods;
All know I well of the gods and elves,-
Few be the fools know this.
15. (162) A fifteenth I know, that
before the doors
Of Delling sang Thjothrörir the dwarf;
Might he sang for the gods, and glory for the elves,
And wisdom for Hroptatyr wise.
16. (163) A sixteenth I know, if
I seek delight
To win from a maiden wise;
The mind I turn of the white-armed maid,
And thus change all her thoughts.
17. (164) A seventeenth I know, so
that seldom shall go
A maiden young from me;
18. (166) Long these song thou
Seek in vain to sing;
Yet good it were if thou mightest get them,
Well, if thou wouldst them learn,
Help, if thou hadst them.
19. (165) An eighteenth I know, that
neer will I tell
To maiden or wife of man,-
The best is what none but ones self doth know,
So comes the end of the songs,-
Save only to her in whose arms I lie,
Or who else my sister is.