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What Sorrow Can Ride

What sorrow can ride the strong shoulders of the kindly God Thor,
Our friend, whose might and main have made Midgard safe so many years?
Does sadness soften the stately brow, so stern in our defense?
Steadfast God, Strong Friend, what troubles weigh on you so heavily?
His ending will be the beginning of the world, but it is still His ending.
The far distant shadow of a serpent's spite troubles His godly dreaming.

The Good God does not begrudge a baleful end to a bold life.
Mighty in beginning, mighty in ending are his proud days.
The serpent shall slither away subdued, thrown down by Thor's thew.
Its venom left to seek vengeance in its villainous stead.
His ending will be the beginning of the world, but it is still His ending.
The far distant shadow of a serpent's spite troubles His godly dreaming.

Is it unseemly for mortals to seek to comfort a God?
I would seek, for Thor has ever been our kind's greatest friend
(and forbidden endeavor has ever been my companion).
What solace can be given? What service returned? What can be done?
His ending will be the beginning of the world, but it is still His ending.
The far distant shadow of a serpent's spite troubles His godly dreaming.

I offer the gifts of a flowing horn and a moment's cheer.
I offer good will wound into words of welcome to this hall.
I offer the strength of a stout folk who still hold Him hallowed,
a folk who will not forget or forsake fealty due Him.
His ending will be the beginning of the world, but it is still His ending.
The far distant shadow of a serpent's spite troubles His godly dreaming.

Laurel Mendes 2007

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