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Mortal, thou that hear'st the tale,
Sifters ! hence with spurs of speed :
DESCENT OF ODIN.
UP rofe the King of Men
, And faddled ftrait his coal-black
steed; Down the yawning steep he rode, That leads to * Hela's drear abode.
* Nifheimr, the hell of the Gothic nations, consisted of nine worlds, to which were devoted all such as died of fickness, old age, or by any
other than in battle. Over it prefided Hela, the Goddess of death.