Courage is the bravery to do what is right at all times. Be bold and steadfast.
The coward believes he will live forever
If he holds back in the battle,
But in old age he shall have no peace
Though spears have spared his limbs.
Truth is the willingness to be honest and to say what one knows to be true and right.
Counsel you second; swear no oath
But what you mean to abide by:
A halter awaits the word breaker,
Villainous is the wolf-of-vows.
Honour is the feeling of inner value and worth from which one knows that one is noble of being, and the desire to show respect for this quality when it is found in the world.
A bonny fire is a blessing to man,
and eke the sight of the sun,
his hearty health, if he holds it well,
and to live one’s life without shame.
All undone is no one, though at death’s door he lie:
some with good sons are blessed,
and some with kinsmen, or with coffers full,
and some with deeds well-done.
Fidelity is to be loyal to the Gods, one’s Folk, one’s self, and loyalty to one’s friends and family.
If you find a friend you fully trust
And wish for his good-will,
Go often to his house
Discipline is the willingness to be hard on oneself first and then if needed help with the development of others so that greater purposes can be achieved.
Early shall he rise who rules few servants,
And set to work at once:
Much is lost by the late sleeper,
Wealth is won by the swift.
Hospitality is the willingness to share what one has with one’s fellows, especially when they are far from home.
Fire is needed by the newcomer
Whose knees are frozen numb;
Meat and clean linen a man needs
Who has fared across the fells,
Water, too, that he may wash before eating,
Hand cloth’s and a hearty welcome,
Courteous words, then courteous silence
That he may tell his tale.
Self Reliance is the spirit of independence which is achieved for family, clan, and individual.
One’s home is best, though small it be
To each home is hall.
The heart bleeds in the beggar who must
Ask at each meal for meat.
Industriousness is the willingness to work hard, always striving for efficiency, as a joyous activity in itself.
Cattle die, kindred die,
Every man is mortal:
But the good name never dies
Of one who has does well.
Perseverance is the ability to stand up and return from defeat and failure.
Better alive than lifeless be,
to the quick fall ay the cattle,
the hearth fire burned for the happy heir-
outdoors a dead man lay
May the halt ride a horse, and the handless be herdsman,
the deaf man may doughtily fight,
a blind man is better than a burn one ay;
of what gain is a good man dead?