At every door-way,
ere one enters,
one should spy round,
one should pry round
for uncertain is the witting
that there be no foeman sitting,
within, before one on the floor
What does this mean?
When one enters a home, one should take notice of everything they can, for safety and as an interesting and interested guest. When you enter a home, notice things like decoration, fireplaces, seating arrangements, home gadgets, kitchens, etc etc Comment on a painting given a center place on the wall. Mention the size of a large TV the home owner has. Like if it’s a 72in 1080p HD 3D or whatever. Make comment of the flow of the room and beautiful. This works well in Man Caves for pool tables and signs lol
Also, you should be aware of your surroundings. Do you know where the exits are? How many rooms there are? Is the room safe, or clean to enter? Dogs, cats or other animals around?
I personally am a security officer and work for a busy truck yard for a few large clients. I am tasked with trailer traffic and keeping the office staff safe. I am basically trained to be observant and this serves me well off the job as well.
Hail, ye Givers! a guest is come;
say! where shall he sit within?
Much pressed is he who fain on the hearth would seek for warmth and weal.
Ive read some discussion of this stanza and here’s what I take from it. Welcome guests with open arms and be hospitable. And you as well, when making a guest of yourself should be hospitable. But also you shouldnt press your luck or take too much. Do not expect or take the “best seat” in the home. Do not eat so much food at a party, or drink so much that you appear a glutton.
Remember you are a guest, and you should act as one.
He hath need of fire, who now is come,
numbed with cold to the knee;
food and clothing the wanderer craves
who has fared o’er the rimy fell.
When a guest arrives, make them welcome with offerings and to take their “gear”. Is it raining? Take their coat, umbrella, boots. Offer them warmth near a space heater, or a towel. This can also mean simply to make them comfortable.
Remember, in Scandinavia, the weather was harsher. Winters harder, springs wetter and people worked year round the land.
He craves for water, who comes for refreshment,
drying and friendly bidding,
marks of good will, fair fame if ’tis won,
and welcome once and again.
Again, very simple. Offer and/or give refreshment to a guest. Water, food, warmth, clothing if it’s cold in your home, comfort and make offer of news of his home and family and friends.
If you do this, you will be remembered as a good person, one to be trusted and this will be visited back upon you.
He hath need of his wits who wanders wide,
aught simple will serve at home;
but a gazing-stock is the fool who sits
mid the wise, and nothing knows.
The world-wise man is knowledge, he gains knowledge by travels, interaction and experience. But a man who has had no experience of the world is a fool and isnt one to speak of things that he doesnt know of amongst those who do.
Do not speak of adventure or wisdom from knowledge that you’ve taken from others and not earned yourself. In today’s world this would be speaking of something you know nothing of. Like those who play deer hunting games on PS3 and have never held a compound bow, or those who boast loudly of what the government should do, when they have no knowledge of the land, law or it’s people.