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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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