Sprëhhan 9

Ever is there time, before the field be tilled. Ever is there time, before the nets need tying1, that I can sit and learn. Ever is there time to bend the limb2 to keep the age-dragged gait away. Act beyond, beyond fatigue. Act beyond, beyond what is not to be worked with, beyond comfort, and beyond known headlands3. Who sails beyond creates new charts. If the new land comes not here, still is a man richer to have sailed for it. In his next voyage shall She4 send him to a better journey. Ever is there time to strive, so time must find. Never the man is so busy that he may not stop and look about. Even busy – two in the wharves, one sees the sky, one not. Always one may be aware. I can refrain from too much trencher5 and too many cups. I can curb the tongue from boast or threat. I can be still and learn, or sit in Hörgr6. Even with poor food, even with a humble cottage7, much can understand. Even a sweeper within public-house can have might, and all hear his thought and see his glow8.

My Interpretations

Make your own path, forge your own way. Do what makes you uncomfortable. Everything you need is within you.

Notes on Sprëhhan 9

  1. Mending.
  2. Exercise. Wright notes Sprëhhan 33.
  3. The edges or borders of knowledge.
  4. Wright notes that there are three prominent women in the text: Frija, Urðr, and Halya.
  5. Eating or feeding.
  6. An outdoor, stoned-in sacred space.
  7. Wright notes Hávamál 36: “A household is better – though small to see – for a man who has a home. Though he has only two she-goats and a rope-raftered home – that’s better than making requests of others.”
  8. Wright states that glow is likened to “glory”, “aura,” or “halo,” it is said to stem from the subtle body and is a natural radiance that occurs about the chest and torso; mostly it is reflective of mood (muot, “mind, mood”).