Völuspá by Benjamin Thorpe

21. 
Alone she[7] 
sat without, 
when came that 
ancient dread Æsir's prince; 
and in his eye she gazed.
22. 
"Of what wouldst thou ask me? 
Why temptest thou me? 
Odin! I know all, 
where thou thine eye 
didst sink in the pure 
well of Mim." 
Mim drinks mead each morn 
from Valfather's pledge.[8] 
Understand ye yet, or what?
23. 
The chief of hosts 
gave her rings and necklace, 
useful discourse, 
and a divining spirit: 
wide and far 
she saw o'er every world.
24. 
She the Valkyriur 
saw from afar coming, 
ready to ride to the god's people: 
Skuld held a shield, 
Skögul was second, 
then Gunn, Hild Göndul, 
and Geirskögul. 
Now are enumerated Herian's maidens, 
the Valkyriur, 
ready over the earth to ride.
25. 
She that war remembers, 
the first on earth, 
when Gullveig[9] 
they with lances pierced, 
and in the high one's[10] 
hall her burnt, 
thrice burnt, 
thrice brought her forth, 
oft not seldom; 
yet she still lives.
26. 
Heidi they called her, 
whithersoe'r she came, 
the well-foreseeing Vala: 
wolves she tamed, 
magic arts she knew, 
magic arts practised; 
ever was she the joy 
of evil people.
27. 
Then went the powers 
all to their judgment-seats, 
the all-holy gods, 
and thereon held council, 
whether the Æsir should avenge 
the crime,[11] 
or all the gods receive atonement.
28. 
Broken was the outer wall 
of the Æsir's burgh. 
The Vanir, 
foreseeing conflict, 
tramp o'er the plains. 
Odin cast [his spear], 
and mid the people hurled it: 
that was the first 
warfare in the world.
29. 
Then went the powers 
all to their judgment-seats, 
the all-holy gods, 
and thereon held council: 
who had all the air with evil mingled? 
or to the Jötun race 
Od's maid had given?
30. 
There alone was Thor 
with anger swollen. 
He seldom sits, 
when of the like he hears. 
Oaths are not held sacred; 
nor words, 
nor swearing, 
nor binding compacts 
reciprocally made.

[7] The Vala here speaks of herself in the third person.

[8] His eye here understood to signify the sun.

[9] A personification of gold. With the introduction of gold was the end of the golden age.

[10] i.e., Odin’s: his hall is the world.

[11] Of introducing the use of gold.

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