Yggdrasil

Ask veit ek standa,
heitir Yggdrasill
hár baðmr, ausinn
hvíta auri;
þaðan koma döggvar
þærs í dala falla;
stendr æ yfir grœnn
Urðar brunni.

Þaðan koma meyjar
margs vitandi
þrjár, ór þeim sal
er und þolli stendr;
Urð hétu eina,
aðra Verðandi,
skáru á skíði,
Skuld ina þriðju;
þær lög lögðu,
þær líf kuru
alda börnum,
örlög seggja.

An ash I know it stands
it is named Yggdrasill,
high tree, sprinkled
with white mud
there from come the dews
that fall on the dale,
it stands always green, above
the source of Urdhr.

There from come the maids
much knowing
three, their dwelling
stands under the tree;
Urdh is named one,
the other Verdhandi,
– they notched (scored) wood –
Skuld is the third.
they set up the laws
they decided on the lives
of the children of time (‘the children of man’)
they promulgate fate

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