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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Kristsdrápa — Ólsv KristdrIII

Óláfr svartaskáld Leggsson

Kari Ellen Gade 2017, ‘ Óláfr svartaskáld Leggsson, Kristsdrápa’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 314. <> (accessed 26 September 2021)


Heldr vas honum, es seldi,
harðkeypt, — sonu jarðar
oss stillir þat alla —
auðugt líf fyr dauða.
‘It was a very hard bargain for him who sold his precious life in return for death; that regulates us, all the sons of the earth [HUMANS].
Tungl gaft, tryggvinr engla,
talið dœgr megin lœgis,
— fekk hlýrnir stað stjǫrnum —
sterkr, ok aldir merkja.
‘Powerful faithful friend of angels [= God], you gave celestial bodies to mark the number of days and nights, the power of the sea and the ages; the sky found a place for the stars.

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