Se Æxberendes Áð

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Norðeweard ic néðe
Farende syndrige
Langiende æfter léodwynn
Snáw wel hwær
Iecan min
ǽrfædera trúwa
Hira æx in min hand
Min weg sint ǽbǽre

Se æxberendes áð
Min gamol níedscyld
Gelǽrde forð fram fæder
To yrfeweard
Min nama, min æx
Wæren hira æne
Þærbig
Ic eom gebunden

In se wuduwésten
Hwær gamol yfel slæpaþ
Fram se denu diegol
To se fyrstig firgenbeorg
Fácende se ismere
Ic up ábregde min æx
Hiere þá osa héafodwóðas
In hira heahsele

Cáflíce ic stand
Gecýðiende min nama
And mid min æx abeate
Se ísig brerd
Se wæter aswelleþ
And geflówaþ se ýðláf
Fram pintrewoes cumaþ
Wræst hléoþor

Glǽm geáþwéde me
Se glíwstæf me áboren
Ic cúðe ná hwæt áhte

Blawaþ se horn
Ábodian min geangang
Indrencaþ þá cuppan
Mid medu and béor
Gelangiaþ þá cildes
Cnafas and ielda
Eall min folc, híeraþ
Min norðfaru saga

Se æxberendes áð
Min gamol níedscyld
Gelǽrde forð fram fæder
To yrfeweard
Min nama, min æx
Wæren hira æne
Min ieldra magon licgaþ
Ic iecde se æxberendes áð

translation:
Northward I dare
Travelling alone
Longing for the joy of home
Snow everywhere
To fulfill my
Forefathers' duty
Their axe in my hand
My way is clear

The axe-bearer's oath
My ancient duty
Handed down
From father to son
My name, my axe
Were theirs once
Thus
Am I bound

Through the wild forest
Wherein old evil sleeps
From the hidden valley
To the frosty mountain
Reaching the frozen lake
I raise my axe to the sky
Hear the gods' voices
In their high hall

Boldly I stand
Declaring my name
And with my axe I break
The icy surface
The water swells
And overflows the shore
From pine trees comes
Delicate voices

A brilliant light washed over me
The melody carried me away
I knew not what happened

Blow the horns
To proclaim my return
Overfill the cups
With mead and beer
Summon the children
The youths and elderly
All my people, hear
My northern journey-saga

The axe-bearer's oath
My ancient duty
Handed down
From father to son
My name, my axe
Were theirs once
My ancestors may rest
I fulfilled the axe-bearer's oath

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from Yrfeweardes Langung, released June 29, 2010

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