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Prayer to Balder

 

O son of ever-watchful Odin, Balder, best of gods,
I call to you with an open heart, I pray to you
with open eyes. Son of fair Frigga who sought your safekeeping,
who gathered up pledges like flowers in spring,
who begged for salt tears throughout the worlds,
a mother’s love wielded with skill, yet in vain.
Balder, most beautiful, bright-shining god,
there are no words to tell of your glory,
there is no being who burns with your fire. Yours is a tale
of many turns, of what must be and of what must end,
of well-plotted plans and of ill become good.
O Balder who dwells among the dead, holder
of your father’s secrets, hidden hope of all that is,
I honor your story, I honor your might, I honor the worlds
in which you walk. Hail to good Balder, great god of the light!

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2017 in Balder, Heathen Prayers

 

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To Balder

Hail to Balder, Odin-son, best and brightest,
much-loved god whose fair fame and good repute
only reflect a kind heart, a true mettle,
an honor unblemished, a worth unsurpassed.
Master of Breidablik, most splended of halls;
son of fair Frigga, husband of Nanna.
In dreams you saw your end and the worlds’;
brave Balder, honored guest in Helheim’s depths,
patiently you wait for the far-away day
of your return, of the worlds’ rebirth. Hail Balder!

 
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Posted by on May 11, 2013 in Balder, Heathen Prayers

 

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To Balder

Hail to bright Balder, son of farseeing Frigga
and wandering Odin, husband of faithful Nanna,
master of high-walled Breidablik. Shining Balder,
most praiseworthy god, fairest of the Aesir,
noble guest of kindly Hella, we honor you.
Balder, near-invulnerable one, of you
a tragic tale is told: your mother’s gift
of protection, of a shield against all weapons,
proved no safeguard from tricks and treachery;
your death, in your own dreams foretold, came to pass,
inescapable despite all her efforts,
all her love and care. Balder, dweller in Helheim,
shining hope of the gods, both within and without
you hold a place. Hail to Balder! Hail the best of gods!

 
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Posted by on May 11, 2013 in Balder, Heathen Prayers

 

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A Daily Devotion

Hail to Odin, ruthless seeker of wisdom,
far-seeing persuader, bender of what will be.

Hail to Frigga, exacting mistress of the home,
seeress and spinner whose gifts weave through our lives.

Hail to Thor, strong-armed defender of Midgard,
red-bearded rain-bringer, faithful friend of mankind.

Hail to Sif, golden-haired goddess, dear wife of Thor,
treasure of the gods, bringer of life to the cold earth.

Hail to Frey, giver of wealth of gold and grain alike,
of peace and protection, of joy and of pleasure.

Hail to Freya, who stirs sweet desire and keen-edged strife,
seeress, sorceress, strong-willed holder of war-dead.

Hail to Tyr, one-armed granter of justice deserved,
Thing-warder, wolf-binder, strong-minded foe of chaos.

Hail to Skadhi, sharp-minded huntress, winter’s maid,
bow-woman, vengeance-seeker, shining bride of Njord.

Hail to Ullr, snowshoe god, friend of hunters,
unsurpassed, glory of the gods.

Hail to Eir, soft-handed healer, gentle goddess
whose touch brings relief from ills of all kinds.

Hail to Heimdall, constant guardian of bright Bifrost,
keen-eyed giver of clear thought, father of men.

Hail to Nerthus, ancient and unfathomable,
holder of the black earth and of the seeds within.

Hail to Njord, fair-footed husband of fierce Skadhi,
friend of sailors, seacoast-dweller, giver of wealth.

Hail to Bragi, foremost of skalds, rune-tongued master
of inspiration’s fire, of wordcraft’s labor.

Hail to Idunna, keeper of the treasured fruit
of youth and vigor, radiant renewer of life.

Hail to Forseti, law-giver and law-keeper,
arbiter, peacemaker, mender of fences.

Hail to Hella, host of our beloved dead,
inevitable one to whom we all will go

Hail to Aegir, best of brewers, best of hosts,
master of the dark sea depths and all they hold.

Hail to Ran, ocean-queen, keeper of Aegir’s hall,
stirrer of storms, both bane and reprieve of ships at sea.

Hail to Balder, brightest son of farseeing Odin,
final hope of the gods, final hope of all the worlds.

Hail to Nanna, bold-hearted bride of Balder,
strong one, true one, holding fast to hearth and heart.

Hail to Jord, deep-souled mother of red-bearded Thor,
enduring holder of breath and blood, sea and stone.

 
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Posted by on May 11, 2013 in Heathen Prayers

 

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