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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Lausavísa — HvítRagn LvVIII (Ragn)

Hvítserkr Ragnarsson

Hvítserkr Ragnarsson, Lausavísa — Rory McTurk

Not published: do not cite (HvítRagn LvVIII (Ragn))


Hyggjum at, áðr heitim,
at hefnt megi verða;
látum ýmsu illu
Agnars bana fagna.
Skjótum húf á hrannir,
höggum ís fyrir barði;
sjám á hitt, hvé snekkjur
snemst vér fáim búnar.
‘Let us think before we promise [anything], so that vengeance may be achieved; let us allow Agnarr’s slayer to encounter various misfortunes. Let us thrust the hulk onto the waves, let us hack away the ice before the prow; let us see to this: how we can get the ships prepared as soon as may be.

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