On the Christian Conversion of Olaf Tryggvason, Leif Eiriksson, and Other Vikings: From Valkyrie Battle-Chants to Angelic Choruses

Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents. (LUKE 15:10, quoting the Lord Jesus Christ)

3000123_BVR_Vikingos en la Tierra Verde

ON THE CHRISTIAN CONVERSIONS OF OLAF TRYGGVASON, LEIF EIRIKSSON, AND OTHER VIKINGS: FROM VALKYRIE BATTLE-CHANTS TO ANGELIC CHORUSES

Dr. John Eidsmoe & Dr. James J. S. Johnson, co-authors

(borrowing the tune of “WHEN IRISH EYES ARE SMILING”)

ORIGINAL CHORUS:

When Viking eyes are smiling,

Ja, ‘tis like a day in spring;

In the din of Viking plunder

You can hear the valkyries sing.

Yet Viking ears kept hearing

Of life lived a better way,

And when Viking ears were listening

Some the Gospel would obey.

1st STANZA:

Vikings made many cry,

And it’s no surprise why:

They were vicious, as they were tall;

Seizing loot made them smile,

As their victims they’d rile:

Viking swords doomed many to fall.

But laughter is wrong,

When it fills pirate song:

As pillaging underlies glee.

As some lauded Thor,

They spilt others’ gore:

Such woe! – And such tragedy!

CHORUS REPEAT:

When Viking eyes are smiling,

Ja, ‘tis like a day in spring;

In the din of Viking plunder

You can hear the valkyries sing.

Yet Viking ears kept hearing

Of life lived a better way,

And when Viking ears were listening

Some the Gospel would obey.

2nd STANZA:

Olaf T. played a part,

Sharing truth from his heart:

Preaching Christ, Olaf shone a true light;

And it was, before long,

Lucky Leif joined the song:

Trusting Christ, Leif believed what was right.

Telling father, mother,

Sister, and brothers:

Soon Leif on Vinland had landed

Ja, on ocean-wave foam,

Leif sailed east, for home:

Yet stopped, to save some who were stranded.

LATTER CHORUS:

Viking eyes now kindly smiled,

As Christian songs they’d sing;

As unto God reconciled,

Backed by Iceland’s Althing.

When Viking hearts had real joy,

Unto idols no more to pray;

For when Viking hearts are Christian,

It’s a feasting holiday!

Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents. (LUKE 15:10, quoting the Lord Jesus Christ)

 

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