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1. Hearing I ask | from the holy races, From Heimdall's sons, | both high and low; Thou wilt, Valfather, | that well I relate Old tales I remember | of men long ago. 2. I remember yet | the giants of yore, Who gave me bread | in the days gone by; Nine worlds I knew, | the nine in the tree With mighty roots | beneath the mold. 3. Of old was the age | when Ymir lived; Sea nor cool waves | nor sand there were; Earth had not been, | nor heaven above, But a yawning gap, | and grass nowhere. 4. Then Bur's sons lifted | the level land, Mithgarth the mighty | there they made; The sun from the south | warmed the stones of earth, And green was the ground | with growing leeks.

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Leg to leg, blood to blood, limb to limb, so they should be joined! 7. ARMENIAN The name of the mythical hero Vahagn is from Iranian, cf. Av. Vǝrǝthrahan-. The birth of Vahagn (from „The History of Armenia“ of Mowsēs Kcorenacci) Erknēr erkin, erknēr erkin erknēr ew covn cirani; erkn i covown ownēr ew zkarmrikn ełegnik; ǝnd ełegan pcoł cux elanēr, ǝnd ełegan pcoł bocc elanēr; ew i boccoyn vazēr xarteaš patanekikna hur her unēr, bocc unēr mōrus, ew ačckunkcn ēin aregakunkc. "The Sky was in labour, the Earth was in labour, The purple sea was also in labour; Labour caught also a small red reed in the sea.

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