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Lausavísur — GizGrý LvVIII (Heiðr)

Gizurr Grýtingaliði

Gizurr Grýtingaliði, Lausavísur — Hannah Burrows

Not published: do not cite (GizGrý LvVIII (Heiðr))

 

Þetta er þiggjanda         þýjar barni,
barni þýjar,         þótt sé borinn konungi.
Þá hornungr         á haugi sat,
er öðlingr         arfi skipti.
 
‘This is acceptable for a servant-woman’s child, child of a servant-woman, though he may be born to a king. The bastard sat on the mound, when the prince was dividing the inheritance.
Ek mun þik enskis         eyris krefja,
né skjall*anda         skarfs ór gulli.
Þó mun ek ríða         ok rönd bera
Húna þjóðum         gunni at bjóða.
 
‘I will demand from you nothing of silver, nor chinking coin of gold. Yet I will ride and bear a shield to offer battle to the people of the Huns.
Hvar skal ek Húnum         hervíg kenna?
 
‘Where shall I tell the Huns the battle is?
Felmtr er yðru fylki,         feigr er yðarr vísir,
gnæfar yðr gunnfani,         gramr er yðr Óðinn!
 
‘Your troop is terrified, your ruler is doomed, the battle-standard flies high for you, Óðinn is angry with you!
Býð ek yðr at Dylgju,         ok á Dúnheiði,
orrustu undir         Jassarfjöllum;
†hræsi yðr         at há hverju†
ok láti svá Óðinn flein fljúga,         sem ek fyrir mæli!
 
‘I offer you battle at Dylgja and on Dúnheiðr under Jassarfjǫll; … and may Óðinn let the spear fly as I determine!
Eigi gera Húnar oss felmtraða,         né hornbogar yðar.
 
‘The Huns do not make us frightened, nor [do] your horn bows.
Sex ein eru         seggja fylki,
í fylki hverju         fimm þúsundir,
í þúsund hverri         þrettán hundruð,
í hundraði hverju         halir fjórtaldir.
 
‘There are around six troops of warriors, in each troop [are] five thousand, in every thousand thirteen hundreds, in every hundred men four times counted.
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