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So few prayers (or things that suggest prayers) survive from ancient times in our tradition.

I knew of Sigdrifa's Prayer (Sigdrifumál, 2-3) of course, but recent readings had me discover another. While this is an Anglo-Saxon Charm and written laid, long after the time of conversion. I think it clearly still demonstrates it's pre-Christian origins.

A prayer spoken by a farmer as he tilled the land:

  • Hail to thee, earth
    mother of men
    Be thou fruitful in God's protection,
    with food filled
    men to benefit.
    (Cotton Caligula A VII, ff. 176a-178a, 12th cen.)

So I thought I'd share it. :)