Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Svartr á Hofstöðum, Skaufhala bálkr 29’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 975.
‘Svó hafa aldri, síz eg leitaða við,
mier svó tekiz mínar ferðir.
Það er hugboð mitt, að hieðan mun eg eiga
skjótt skapliga skamt ólifað.
‘Svó hafa aldri ferðir mínar, síz eg leitaða við, tekiz mier svó. Það er hugboð mitt, að hieðan mun eg skjótt skapliga eiga skamt ólifað.
‘‘Thus my travels have never, since I embarked on them, turned out like that for me. It is my premonition, that henceforth I’ll soon [and] deservedly have a short time to live.’
This stanza concludes the first part of Tassel-tail’s ævikviða ‘life-poem’ (see Note to st. 19 [All]). — The stanza is preserved in 603 only.
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