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To Nerthus

Hail Nerthus, deep-minded goddess, older than old,
fair as any flower, as flowing fields of grain,
as evergreen forests carpeted with needles.
Nerthus, in groves were you honored in times long past;
your travels among your people, your priests, your wain,
are all we know of you, all the knowledge given us
by a changing world and a changing time. Nerthus,
we see you in the rich black soil we turn over
each spring; we know your might in the sprouting of seeds,
the mating of beasts, the feeding of life on life,
in the bearing of children, the nurture of youth,
in our own thoughtless grasping for survival.
Nerthus, mother, trusted one, unknowable one,
we thank you for bread and for breath. Hail Nerthus!

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pytheos
Jan. 8th, 2006 01:51 am (UTC)
So are you a Heathen/Hellene? Just curious really :)
hearthstone
Jan. 8th, 2006 02:45 am (UTC)
Well, not exactly, although that would have been a good description a few years ago. I am a heathen, but I have long-standing ties to several members of the Greek pantheon, some oathed; I'm not sure how better to put it, really.
pytheos
Jan. 8th, 2006 02:49 am (UTC)
Cool. The reason I ask is because I have read you work at the Hellenion place and was just curious. I have been slowly emmersing myself into Asatru from Hellenismos...so I really don't know how to descibe myself either. Anyways, good job on you hymn! :)
hearthstone
Jan. 8th, 2006 06:08 am (UTC)
Thanks :). It's been complicated sometimes, but you go where you're called to go.

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