the old Times the History and stories of the People
told by the Bards
singers and tellers of tales . These were no mere yarns
whiling away a deep winter afternoon in the Hall .. oh no..
serious work and teaching came along ...
the Sweeter meat of fun and fancy
Tales of Odin, Lessons of life and the living
with the poetry .. Lessons in simple common sense
good words to know for any who fallow the Path
man who stands at a strange threshold,
be cautious before he cross it,
this way and that:
knows beforehand what foes may sit
him in the hall ?
to the wise of Caution when in strange places
a Pagan this can mean ,knowing people a little better
you come out and make noise about who and what you are ..
consider this.. most often ,
really cares what your faith is ..
may not need to know ..
it can cause more problems than it solves ..
travels widely needs his wits about him,
stupid should stay at home:
ignorant man is often laughed at
he sits at meat with the sage
his knowledge a man should never boast,
be sparing of speech
to his house a wiser man comes:
do those who are silent Make mistakes;
wit Is ever a faithful friend
before you speak .. and do not speak just to say something
Often we " put our two cents in
" when we would be better to keep still and listen ..
the Path this is all too common .. we do not wish to be thought lacking
to our fellows
understanding .. but if we truly do no know ..
to close the mouth and be thought a fool ..
open the mouth and remove all doubt .. :)
way of the wise .. it to be wise enough to know .. when
you don't know ,
to be still and learn from those who do .. however there is also this
is he who is favored in his lifetime
praise and words of wisdom:
counsel is often given
those of evil heart,
is he who in his own lifetime
awarded praise and wit,
ill counsel is often given
mortal men to each other
all men are to be heeded .. and even the words of the wise
be measured by a sensible man, think of what you are told
it pass the test of reason
.. before you make it your own
there are those who delight in in passing about information
is bogus just to see you take it .. and those that mean well ,
for whatever reason are misinformed
person takes All she hears
a grain or two of salt
becomes the Son of a prince,
be silent but brave in battle:
befits a man to be merry and glad
the day of his death,
coward believes he will live forever
he holds back in the battle,
in old age he shall have no peace
spears have spared his limbs
you have your truth, carry it proudly and do not hold back
the time is right for action .. the way of the Path
not the way of a coward .. there is no greater regret in life
to look back on our lives, and think of all the things
did Not do when
we had the opportunity ..
glad of who you are and fight
your rights to be so .. when the need arises,
so you can
back on your life .. in peaceful thanksgiving ..
you did your best ..
is also this to think on
gluttonous man who guzzles away
sorrow on himself:
the table of the wise he is taunted often
for his bloated belly
herd knows its homing time
leaves the grazing ground:
the glutton never knows how much
belly is able to hold
way of the wise is to know when to say ..
to stop .. as you have learned enough of any given thing ..
not try to make an "expert "
of yourself in everything ..
there is a balance to all things
to knowledge .. a man only has so many years to live ..
many hours in a day to learn .. and still
live a life
use the knowledge so gained .. :)
things that you will learn forever .. but you can't
it all about everything .. only a fool tries
be such a glutton and an even bigger fool
to already know all :) because
fool who fancies he is full of wisdom
he sits by his hearth at home.
finds when questioned by others .
he knows nothing at all
one is pretty self explanatory .. you can sound wonderful ..
yourself .. but often find when you get around those who
know .. you start to sound pretty silly .. so take care to really
of what you speak .. and Even for the Wise know this
die, kindred die,
man is mortal:
the good name never dies
one who has done well
die, kindred die,
man is mortal:
I know one thing that never dies,
glory of the great dead
the knowledge in the world is meaningless
you have done something with it ..
of worth .. to where your good name is spoken of ..
one who shared freely their gifts of life .. We on the Path tend to "keep"
understanding a little to close to the chest sometimes ..
is worthless ..
it is shared
sitters in the hall seldom know
kin of the new-comer:
best man is marred by faults,
worst is not without worth.
laugh at the old
they offer counsel
seeking the words of the Bard .. seek out good men .. but know this ..
cannot know all of any man .. expect no woman to be perfect and
without faults ..
even with them .. their words can still be wise .. So too the fool ..
from them can come things of worth ..
are best of all in that they Know more than you can ..
by all the years they have spent ..
Wise One has spoken words in the hall,
for men to know,
for trolls to know:
to the speaker,
to the knower,
to him who has understood,
to those who have listened
Hail and May your path to True Wisdom be full and rich :)