Lausavísur — Hjǫrtr LvIIHjǫrtr
Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Hjǫrtr, Lausavísur’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 344-7.
gramr fast saman;
Land skyldi lítit
þá myndi hauldum
‘The ruler gathers gold forcefully; Sýr’s son [= Haraldr] gives away little. Laf-Hamðir (‘Slouch-Hamðir’) should get little land; then Haraldr might answer the men.’
Hafr es úti hvítr í túni;
skúmir augum, hefr skegg mikit,
brestir klaufum, vill bǫrn taka;
sás geitarson gerr við erru.
‘A billy-goat is outside, white, in the yard; he grows dark in the eyes, has a huge beard, bangs his hoofs, wants to take children; he is a goat’s son, ready for a quarrel.’
Munat í vári vestr langskipum
hugragr of haf Haraldr fara.
Því mun lengi lafhræddr konungr
alls andvani Englands ok vegs.
‘Cowardly-minded Haraldr will not travel on long-ships west across the sea this spring. Therefore the terror-stricken king will long be bereft of all England and of honour.’
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