I saw on a bed Billing’s daughter, Sun white, asleep: No greater delight I longed for then Than to lie in her lovely arms.
Billing’s daughter on her bed I found Sleeping, the sun-bright maid; A king’s crown I craved not to wear, If she let me have her love.
Billing’s daughter I found on her bed, In slumber bright as the sun; Empty appeared an earl’s estate Without that form so fair.
Billing’s lasson her couch I found, Sun-bright, sleeping. A prince’s joy to me seemed naught, If not with that form to live.
Notes: The story of Odin and Billing’s daughter is no longer extant; but compare the story of Odin and Rinda in Saxo, p.126 (Muller & Veleschow edition).
ek fann beðjum á
þótti mér ekki vera
nema við þat lík at lifa.
Odin’s Love Quests (verses 94-100)