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   Trusty, dusky, vivid, true,
   With eyes of gold and bramble-dew,
   Steel-true and blade-straight,
   The great artificer
   Made my mate.

   Honour, anger, valour, fire;
   A love that life could never tire,
   Death quench or evil stir,
   The mighty master
   Gave to her.

   Teacher, tender, comrade, wife,
   A fellow-farer true through life,
   Heart-whole and soul-free
   The august father
   Gave to me.