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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Lausavísur — Máni LvII


Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Máni, 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. 641-4.


Byr gef brátt, inn ǫrvi,
Bjǫrgynjar til mǫrgum
— þess biðjum vér — þjóðum,
þungstóls konungr sólar.
Angrar oss, þats lengi
útnyrðingr heldr fyrðum
— vindrs til seinn at sundi
sunnrœnn — í dys Unnar.
‘Generous king of the heavy seat of the sun [SKY/HEAVEN > = God], give quickly many people fair wind to Bergen; we ask for that. It grieves us that the north-western wind keeps men long in Hummerdus; the southern wind is too slow [in coming] across the sea.
Slœgr ferr gaurr með gígju
— ginns hér komit inni —
— meiðr hefr skjaldar skóða
skrípalôt — ok pípu.
Rekkr lætr rauða bikkju
— rækið skvaldr — fyr aldir
— skulut hlýða því þjóðir —
— þats skaup — of staf hlaupa.
‘The sly rascal has a fiddle and a flute; falsehood has come inside here; the tree of the shield’s dangerous tools [SWORDS > WARRIOR] has strange gestures. The fine fellow lets a red bitch leap over a staff before the people; chase away the stupid racket; men must not listen to that; it is mockery.
Gígjan syngr, þars ganga
— grípa menn til pípu —
— fœra fólsku stóra —
framm leikarar bleikir.
Undrs, hvé augum vendir
umb, sás þýtr í trumbu;
kníðan lítk á kauða
kjapt ok blásna hvapta.
‘The fiddle sings where the pale minstrels walk forth; men grasp the flute; they bring great foolishness. It’s a marvel, how he who blows in the trumpet rolls his eyes; I see the stuffed cheeks and the distended mouth of the wretch.

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