Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Svartr á Hofstöðum, Skaufhala bálkr 37’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 981.
‘Mun eg til rekkju reika verða;
mier tekr verkur að vaxa í síðu.
Svó hef eg ætlað: sjá mun dagr koma
mier yfir höfuð minn inn síðasti.
‘Eg mun verða reika til rekkju; verkur tekr að vaxa í síðu mier. Svó hef eg ætlað: sjá dagr, minn inn síðasti, mun koma yfir höfuð mier.
‘I’ll have to stagger to bed; the pain begins to increase in my side. This is what I’ve expected: this day, my last one, will come upon me.
Mss: 603(82), Rask87ˣ(115v)
Readings:  hef eg (‘hefc’): hefi eg Rask87ˣ  sjá mun: sá muni Rask87ˣ  mier yfir höfuð: yfir höfuð mier Rask87ˣ  minn: hinn Rask87ˣ
Notes:  verkur ‘the pain’: All earlier eds omit the excrescent [u], which makes the line hypometrical. See Note to st. 13/5. —  hef eg ‘I’ve’: Lit. ‘have I’. Rendered in 603 as ‘hefc’. See Note to st. 30/1. —  sjá dagr ‘this day’: Sá dagr ‘that day’ (Rask87ˣ) is also possible, but was likely caused by the fact that the scribe failed to understand the form sjá (m. nom. sg.) ‘this’ because that pron. was replaced by þessi ‘this’ after the C14th (see ANG §470 Anm. 2, Björn K. Þórólfsson 1925, 46 and Bandle 1956, 352). —  mun (3rd pers. sg. pres. indic.) ‘will’: The subj. form of the verb, muni ‘would’ (Rask87ˣ), is less likely in the present context. — : This line, mier yfir höfuð lit. ‘my over head’ (so 603), is unmetrical unless we assume suspended resolution on the second lift. That is also the case with the Rask87ˣ variant, yfir höfuð mier lit. ‘over head my’, which would require suspended resolution on the first lift. —  minn ‘my’: Hinn ‘that’ (Rask87ˣ) is syntactically awkward (hinn inn síðasti ‘that one the last’) and must represent an attempt to achieve h- alliteration with höfuð ‘head’ in the previous line.
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