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Asgard´s Drighten Once Looked Out            Asgard´s Drighten - MP3
Tune: "Good King Wenceslas", trad.                          Asgard´s Drighten - Sheet Music

Asgard's Drighten once looked out
On the feast of Yuletide
When all wights were gathered round
Warm about the fireside
Brightly shone the moon that night
Though the frost was cruel
When a poor thrall came in sight
Gath'ring winter fuel.

"Hither Carl and come with me
If thou know'st it, telling
Yonder thrall, now who is he
Where and what his dwelling?"
"Lord, he lives a good league hence
Underneath the mountain
Right against the forest fence
'Twixt the field and fountain."

"Bring me flesh and bring me wine
Bring me pine-logs hither,
Thou and I will see him dine,
when we bear them thither."
Carl and Wanderer, they went
Forth they fared together
Through the winter's wild lament,
And the bitter weather.

"Lord, the light grows dimmer now,
And the wind blows stronger,
Fails my heart, I know not how,
I can go no longer."
"Mark my footsteps goodly Carl,
Tread thou in them boldly
Thou shalt find the winter´s rage
Freeze thy heart less coldly."

In the Wand'rer's steps he trod,
Where the snow lay dinted,
Warmth was in the very sod
Which Woden had printed.
Therefore Heathen folk be sure,
Wealth or rank possessing
Ye who now will bless the poor
Shall yourselves find blessing.

© Anna Stockinger (adapted)

This work by Anna Stockinger is licensed
under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives License.

Image: Konstantin Vasiljev, Russian painter.

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