Sunday, June 7, 2015

Stanza 68

daiy 68 featuredThe Hávamál is one of the poems of the Poetic Edda.  It sets out a set of guidelines for wise living and survival.  The Hávamál consists of a number of poems, which shift in tone and tenor and narrative position.  Numerous English translations exist of the text.
Stanza 68

Eldr er beztr
með ýta sonum
ok sólar sýn
heilyndi sitt
ef maðr hafa náir
án við löst at lifa

A warm fire
should be appreciated,
and the sight of the sun.
Enjoy your good health
(if you can keep it)
embrace a life
without shame
- Hávamál: Stanza 68


Stanza 68 is about enjoying the simple things in life. The Viking Age was a time of living in the here and now, by heroic deeds and brave actions.  A hot cup of coffee in the morning, a good meal, the smell of baking bread; all of these small moments that can make our lives just a little brighter.  What are you thankful for today?


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