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Brisingamen bright and cold
Necklace of bright enchanted gold,
How dearly does Freyja love you,
Freyja the fair-hearted and true.
Sparkling in beauty, bright-set jewel
Chill amber and gold most cruel,
For you Freyja has given all,
Glimmering in her painted hall;
But jewels that hold the sunís fair light
Will bring to men unending night.
Loki steals you in the star-hung dark,
On Freyjaís throat he leaves no mark;
Fair Brisingamen, brilliant stone,
How terribly does Freyja moan.
You are stolen, hidden away,
The shining Lady is veiled in gray;
All Heaven grieves empty of gold,
Beauty and love lie stricken and cold;
In the darkness fair Freyja weeps,
The blind world of men sleeps and sleeps.
Lovely necklace of shining skill,
Men gather as warriors will,
Men give their hearts in sacrifice,
For this, bright jewel, is Odinís price:
Gold necklet to Freyja shall return.
But silver swords of men must burn,
In Lokiís war of unending years;
And groaning men will weep gray tears,
For Brisingamen, fair in skies above
Amber and gold, and cruel in love.
Cameron La Follette
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