From Havamal, a Viking poem

Don’t say, ‘It’s been a good day’ till sundown.
Don’t say, ‘She’s a good wife’ till she’s buried.
Don’t say, ‘It’s a good sword’ till you’ve tested it.
Don’t say, ‘She’s a good girl’ till she’s married off.
Don’t say, ‘The ice is safe’ till you’ve crossed it.
Don’t say, ‘The beer is good’ till you’ve drunk the last of it.


About The Henry Brothers

We are English teachers involved in ELT publishing in Turkey, and also touring the country giving workshops and presentations to English teachers, mainly on the use of poetry, storytelling and other lively activities in the classroom. We can be contacted by e-mail to or
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