I wrote these two folk songs for a friend, basing them on a river near a town in a world in his book(s).
The first one, The Water Sprites' Song, has a tune to go with it, but it is still very rough and we are still working the bugs out of my sister's microphone *cough, cough*. So, no singing choir for you this time (which you should probably be knocking on wood and thanking God that is the case...).
Anyway, these two poems are lighthearted and very folk-like. They are supposed to be simple, but fun. I hope you enjoy them as such.
The Seven Songs of Freya
The first Singing River Sprite
Called brightly to the second
“Have you seen Freya a-dancing?
See her there singing and prancing?
Come and look, friend, I beckon.”
The second took right notice
And quickly spoke to the third
“Have you heard Freya a-singing?
I say a man has set her voice ringing.
Hark! She trills as sweet as a bird.”
The third, so please, danced
And away it called to the fourth
“Have you heard? Freya is a-yearning!
A man they say has her heart so burning!
Say I he is from the fair North.”
The fourth sprite followed
Then called on the sober fifth
“See Freya, who has caught a-darling!
He is a fair man, eyes like a starling,
Hair bright as golden myth!”
The fifth listened to the song
Before visiting the sixth sprite
“A fine day, for Freya is adoring
A handsome man, rich and boring,
She wears a dress of white!”
The sixth sprite left excited
It flowed down to the seventh
“Our Freya is gone a-marrying!
She sings of a tall man caring!
A man renown in legend!”
The seventh mirthfully laughed
Then showed the other sprites
“The man that she is a-singing
Is an elfin warrior springing
He is Odinn the bright!”
All the water sprites watched
As Odinn came to their shore
And Freya ceased her dancing
She looked so enchanting
Odinn could not ignore.
“Freya! Of your love I’ve drank.
And ne’er again will I be satisfied.
Freya my love, come forth!
I’ll take you away to the North,
Let us forever be as one.”
“Dear Odinn, my dream!
You have earned my loyal heart!”
Sweet Freya took his hand
And on her finger he placed a band
And the twosome ran away.
The sprites watched them
They followed them up the river
They chimed a lovely croon
Their voices in harmonious tune
And sang “Alámenë! Alámenë!”
(*Elvish - "Farewell! Farewell!")
"The Seven Songs of Freya" written by Kathryn Fogleman
Author of the fantasy series, Tales of the Wovlen, Kathryn spends a great deal of time in the world of her imagination, having tea with fire breathing dragons, writing books on flying space ships, and practicing her mad scientist laugh with gusto. However, on occasion,she returns to this world just to play with her dog and blog about her fun.
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