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Lament for a God-King

An LJ friend shared this in a locked post (locked for personal spiritual observances, not this text). She didn't know the source.

I'm not feeling the pain of grief right now, but this so gorgeously and vividly speaks to the past couple of years, I wanted to re-post it.

Whom have you there upon the staves?
Whom but my supporting shoulder,
Whom but my utter burning,
Whom but my close succor,
Whom but my burning coal of loss,
Whom but my darling and my treasure,
Whom but the sap of the sap of my heart.

Your being placed in the grave,
Has turned my gladness to sorrow,
Has turned my eyes to weeping,
Has darkened hope and strength to me,
Has turned my day to wailing,
Has turned my night to mourning,
Nor was there a string within my heart
That was not daunted all at once.

Dead in my arms! Dead in my arms!
Dead in my arms! Dead in my arms!
The beautiful son of the mountains!

O god of manly mien,
The beauty spot was on your brow,
Lyre and drum were in your house,
While your pipes sounded passionately,
Following the hunt with your beloved people!

Where shall we go to warm ourselves
Since your house, love, is cold?
Where shall we go for shelter
Since your hearth is now dead?

The wines for your wedding
They went to your wake
Ah King! but I was tearful
While the measures were being drained.

I am traveling the places frequented of my love
I am traveling the groves and traversing the hollows,
From the base of the mountains to the crest of the hills.
To see if I behold my lover who was gracious and kind
I see you not, my love, I see not glimpse of you
On the tops of the mountains nor at the edge of the sea.
I am visiting the streams and I am visiting the rivers
I am visiting the bowers, the rock-shelves and the caves
To try if I can see your form, to try if I can hear your voice
I see and hear nought but the sorrowing of the sea.
The god is in his sleep! The god is in his sleep!
The god is in his sleep! The god is in his sleep!


( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 19th, 2009 07:28 pm (UTC)
It's rare for a poem to affect me as much as this one did. Thank you for sharing.
Aug. 19th, 2009 07:48 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you too were moved by it.
Aug. 24th, 2009 11:28 pm (UTC)
I saw the original, and yeah... That's something that really hit me, with all the Hláfmæsse stuff that just happened.
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