“Perhaps no person can be a poet, or can even enjoy poetry, without a certain unsoundness of mind.” - Thomas Babington Macaulay. What is “pagan” poetry?.
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“Perhaps no person can be a poet, or can even enjoy poetry, without a certain unsoundness of mind.”
- Thomas Babington Macaulay
“Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.” poetry, without a certain unsoundness of mind.”
(Supposedly this is Beowulf and Grendel)
(by Sæmund Sigfusson the Sage)
“… and wild.”Nine lays of power
I learned from the famous Bolthor,
Bestla' s father:
He poured me a draught of precious mead,
Mixed with magic Odrerir...”
The Poetic Edda
-- Contains poems such as the Hávamál, the Sayings of Hár, which provides wisdom sayings and the story of how Odin learned the runes (see above), as well as Voluspa (the "Prophecy of the Vala"), etc.
Virgil’s Aeneid, Dante’s Inferno,
the Epic of Gilgamesh, Ovid’s
“Invoke the poet booty…”
That he may cast a spell for you.”
-the Song of Amergin
Amergin's Challenge booty…”I am a wind across the seaI am a flood across the plainI am the roar of the tidesI am a stag of seven tinesI am a dewdrop let fall by the sunI am the fierceness of boarsI am a hawk, my nest on a cliffI am a height of poetry I am the most beautiful among flowersI am the salmon of wisdomWho but I is both the tree and the lightning strikes itWho is the dark secret of the dolmen not yet hewnI am the queen of every hiveI am the fire on every hillI am the shield over every headI am the spear of battleI am the ninth wave of eternal returnI am the grave of every vain hopeWho knows the path of the sun, the periods of the moon,Who gathers the divisions, enthralls the sea,sets in order the mountains, the rivers, the peoples.
Charge of the Goddess (Valiente/Starhawk): booty…”“…Let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion, honor and humility, mirth and reverence within you…”
Charge of the God (Jan & Stewart Farrar):“…Let there be desire and fear, anger and weakness, Joy and peace, awe and longing within you…”
Charge of the Dark Goddess (Lynn O’Connor):“…I am the Bottomless Pit, the never-ending struggle to reclaim that which is denied. I am the Key that unlocks every Door. I am the Glory of Discovery, for I am that which is hidden, secluded and forbidden…”
Charge of the Dark God (Christopher Hatton):“…I am the strength that protects, that limits. I am the power that says No, No Further, and That Is Enough. I am the things that may not be spoken of, and I am the laughter at the edge of Death…”
“Beaver and gopher,
Cattle and kine.
Badger and fox,
Cattle and kine.
Cattle and kine.
Walrus and muskox,
Cattle and kine…”
-- excerpt from Patrician Monoghan’s “Litany of Earth”
Invocation to Cernunnos (Gatekeeper) booty…”(fromCeisiwr Serith’s A Book of Pagan Prayer)Cernunnos, lord, sitter in the doorway,God of equilibrium, terrible, merciful:You who hold the opposites apart,You in whom all opposites unite,My prayer goes to you to open the passageTo clear the threshold,To make the way clear.
by Sean Miller, Stone Creed Grove, ADF
We Approach The Sacred GroveWith hearts and minds and flesh and bone;Join us now in ways of old,We have come home.