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For whom yon glittring board is spread,
ODIN. Once again my call obey . Prophetess, arise, and say,
 Women were looked upon by the Gothic nations as having a peculiar insight into futurity; and some there were that made profession of magic arts and divination. These travelled round the country, and were received in every house with great respect and honour. Such a woman bore the name of Volva Seidkona or Spakona. The dress of Thorbiorga, one of these prophetesses, is described at large in Eirick's Rauda Sogu, (apud Bartholin. lib. i. cap. iv. p. 688.) “ She had on a “ blue vest spangled all over with stones, a necklace of glass beads, and " a cap made of the skin of a black lamb lined with white cat-skin. « She leaned on a staff adorned with brass, with a round head set with
What dangers Odin's Child await,
6 stones; and was girt with an Hunlandish belt, at which hung her « pouch full of magical instruments. Her buskins were of rough calf« skin, bound on with thongs studded with knobs of brass, and her « gloves of white cat-skin, the fur turned inwards,” &c. They were also called Fiolkyngi, or Fiol-kunnug ; i. e. Multi-scia: and Visindakona ; i. e. Oraculorum Mulier, Nornir; i. e. Parcæ.
A wond'rous Boy shall Rinda bear,
 These were probably the Nornir or Parcæ, before-mentioned; their names were Urda, Verdandi, and Skulda; and they were the dispensers of good destinies. As their names signify Time past, present, and future, it is probable they were always invisible to mortals: therefore when Odin asks this question on seeing them, he betrays himself to be a God; which elucidates the next speech of the Prophetess.
PROPHETESS. Ha! no Traveller art thou, King of Men, I know thee now; Mightiest of a mighty line
 In the Latin, “ Mater trium Gigantum.” He means, therefore, probably Angerbode, who, from her name, seems to be “ no Prophetess « of good,” and who bore to Loke, as the Edda says, three children; the Wolf Fenris, the great Serpent Midgard, and Hela, all of them called Giants in that wild but curious system of mythology.
(f) Till Lok has burst his tenfold chain. Lok is the Evil Being, who continues in chainst
ues in chains till the Twilight of the Gods approaches; when he shall break his bonds; the human race, the stars, and sun, shall disappear; the earth sink in the seas, and fire consume the skies: even Odin himself and his kindred deities shall perish. For a farther explanation of this mythology, see “ Introduction a l'His
Never, till substantial Night Has reassum'd her ancient right; Till wrap'd in flames, in ruin hurld, Sinks the fabric of the world. “ toire de Dannemarc, par Mons. Mallet,” 1755, Quarto; or rather a translation of it published in 1770, and intitled, “ Northern Antiqui“ ties;" in which some mistakes in the original are judiciously corrected.
(The EDITOR thinks he shall render not an unacceptable service to the
Reader of taste, by inserting here a literal version of the original Poem, of which the foregoing is an imitation. The Reader may find a pleasure in comparing the rugged materials of the Skald with the polished stanzas and arrangements of the poet. It will be perceived, that either from choice, or the want of a complete Copy, Mr. Gray has passed over the first five stanzas. ]
If in the vision dim
A secret terror lurked.
The oracles replied
The darling of all beings,
Was summoned to his fate:
Freya + and Suafne,
And the celestial host;
Firm they resolved to send
The power of oracles, To nature's general race, * Vller the son of sifia, noted among the gods for beauty, archery, and skill in skaiting. + Or Frigga, the wife of Odin.