Lausavísur — Rv LvIIIRǫgnvaldr jarl Kali Kolsson
Judith Jesch 2017, ‘(Introduction to) Rǫgnvaldr jarl Kali Kolsson, Lausavísur’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 342.
Hvat munk yðr eða ǫðrum
— heiðs lofak hilmi blíðan
háranns — nema goð sannan?
‘What will I make known to you and other wolf-waterers [WARRIORS] except the true God? I praise the gracious ruler of the bright high hall [SKY/HEAVEN > = God]. ’
Akr verðk opt fyr sjúkri
eyfitja þó sitja
— rjóð es mér in mæra
menbrík — Njǫrun síka
heiðis fylgjask hauðri
(hauk tínik svá) mínu
(setrs leitandi sútar
slœgr á hverju dœgri).
‘I nonetheless often have to sit in my ploughed field [= (salr ‘hall’)] beside the sick Njǫrun <goddess> of the fishes of the island-meadows [SERPENTS (hringar ‘rings’) > WOMAN] – the excellent neck-ring-table [WOMAN] looks red to me – to be with my land of the hawk [ARM/HAND (mund ‘dowry’)]; I proclaim in this way my hawk [= (harmr ‘sorrow’)], cunning, looking for the seat of grief every day. ’
Eigi veitk, nær ægi
óðflýtir má knýta;
dýr es fiskifœra
feigligt, þats vér eigum.
‘I don’t know when the poem-conveyer [POET] will be able to bridle the ocean [= (marr ‘horse’)]; the animal of fishing-gear [= (taumar ‘reins’)] [HORSE] which we [I] own is dying. ’
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