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Gamlkan Has 14VII

Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Gamli kanóki, Harmsól 14’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 86-7.

Gamli kanókiHarmsól
131415

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Hendak hverjar stundir,
Hlakkar borðs, es þorðak,
miskaráð fyr meiðum,
minn lífgjafi, at vinna.
Miðr óttuðumk yðra*
ósjaldan, gramr tjalda,
— því vasa hagskipt — hyrjar
heiðs, an gumna reiði.

Hendak hverjar stundir, es þorðak at vinna miskaráð fyr {meiðum {Hlakkar borðs}}, {lífgjafi minn}. Ósjaldan óttuðumk miðr yðra* reiði an gumna, {gramr {tjalda {hyrjar heiðs}}}; því vasa hagskipt.
 
‘I seized on all the times when I dared to commit misdeeds before trees of Hlǫkk’s <valkyrie> board [SHIELD > WARRIORS], my life-giver [= God]. Not seldom I feared your wrath less than men’s, king of the tents of the fire of the clear sky [SUN > SKY/HEAVEN > = God]; in that regard it was not a fair exchange.

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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: Gamli kanóki, 2. Harmsól 14: AI, 564, BI, 552, Skald I, 267, NN §§2089, 2926; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1844, 17, Kempff 1867, 5, Rydberg 1907, 22-3, Jón Helgason 1935-6, 255, Black 1971, 175, Attwood 1996a, 225.

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