Shield-Shadow (Elder Edda)

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Warrior-walls ’round wend,
Weeping to produce.
My bed is the battlefield,
My blanket clamor.
My destiny—great despair—
Determined foes.
“God-forsaken, grace is gone!”
Grievously taunting me.

In shadow of Your shield
I find my shelter.
In love You reach and lift
My languishing head.
Your ears catch the echo
Of my earnest pleas.
You leave their lies
Lifeless for me.

I sleep soundly;
Secure I rise again.
Thousands who throng
Cannot thieve my peace.
Arise, bring wrath
O Royal Blademouth!
Break teeth, bruise cheeks,
Bring them to the dust!

My Sov’reign Savior
Stands in blessing.
Your people praise You
For persistent good.
Concrete-covenant
Cascades shalom.
The day dawns again
To delight in You.

2-25-2016

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