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~ By Courtesy of Others ~

O Tannenbaum         O Tannenbaum MP3
German traditional, transl. by Diana L. Paxson:

O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum,
With faithful leaves unchanging;
Not only green in summer´s heat,
But also winter´s snow and sleet,
O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum,
With faithful leaves unchanging.

O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum,
Of all the trees most lovely;
Each year, you bring to me delight
Gleaming through the Solstice night.
O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum,
Of all the trees most lovely.

O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum,
Your leaves will teach me, also,
That hope and love and faithfulness
Are precious things I can possess,
O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum,
Your leaves will teach me, also.

Additional stanzas by Diana L. Paxson:

O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum,
You are Midgard´s strong center;
You link the worlds without, within,
That we the way between may win,
O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum,
You are Midgard´s strong center.

O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum,
By many names we call you;
Yggdrasil and Irminsul,
Mimameith, Laeradh as well;
O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum,
By many names we call you.

O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum,
Nine worlds gleam from your branches;
From Hella´s depths to Asgard´s height,
You hold them in enduring might;
O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum,
Nine worlds gleam from your branches.

O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum,
Steed Ygg once rode to glory;
Self sacrificed to self, in pain
Nine nights he hung, the runes to gain;
O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum,
Steed Ygg once rode to glory.

O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum,
Beneath your leaves we shelter;
As Lif and Lifthrasir, alive,
The Age´s ending will survive,
O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum,
Beneath your leaves we shelter.

O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum,
With gifts we deck your branches;
May offerings now given here,
Bring fortune for the coming year;
O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum,
With gifts we deck your branches.

© Diana L. Paxson

Vocals: Michaela Macha

Diana is member of The Troth and Gyðja of the seidh group Hrafnar. 

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