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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ESk Geisl 68VII

Martin Chase (ed.) 2007, ‘Einarr Skúlason, Geisli 68’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 62-3.

Einarr SkúlasonGeisli

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svát lausnara leysi
langvinr frá kvǫl strangri
nýta þjóð ór nauðum
nafnkuðr við trú jafnan,
víga skýs, þeirs vísa,
veljendr, framan telja
ǫflugs Krists af ôstum
alnennins brag þenna.

svát {nafnkuðr langvinr lausnara} leysi jafnan nýta þjóð frá strangri kvǫl, ór nauðum við trú, {veljendr {skýs víga}}, þeirs telja þenna framan brag alnennins vísa af ôstum ǫflugs Krists.
‘so that the well-known old friend of the Saviour [= Óláfr] might constantly release able people from the great torment, from distress on account of the faith, those choosers of the cloud of battle [SHIELD > WARRIORS] who tell this splendid poem of the energetic prince about the love of mighty Christ.

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Text is based on reconstruction from the base text and variant apparatus and may contain alternative spellings and other normalisations not visible in the manuscript text. Transcriptions may not have been checked and should not be cited.

editions and texts

Skj: Einarr Skúlason, 6. Geisli 68: AI, 472, BI, 444, Skald I, 219, NN §§952, 3396T; Flat 1860-8, I, 7, Cederschiöld 1873, 10, Chase 2005, 118, 167.


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