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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Gamlkan Has 15VII

Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Gamli kanóki, Harmsól 15’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 87.

Gamli kanókiHarmsól

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Hétk opt fyr lið láta
lasta verk til fasta
þér, en þekkjask dýrar,
þeyláðs konungr, dáðir.
Enn snørumk ey til minna
aptr, landreki krapta,
(esa vanði sá) synða
(sjaldreyndr kyni aldar).

Hétk þér opt til fasta láta lasta verk fyr lið, en þekkjask dýrar dáðir, {konungr {þeyláðs}}. Enn snørumk ey aptr til minna synða, {landreki krapta}; sá vanði esa sjaldreyndr {kyni aldar}.
‘I often promised you firmly to lay sinful acts [lit. acts of vices] aside and be content with good deeds, king of the thawing wind’s land [SKY/HEAVEN > = God]. I always again turned back to my sins, land-governor of powers [= God]; that custom is not infrequently tested by the kinsfolk of men [MANKIND].

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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 15: AI, 564, BI, 552, Skald I, 268, NN §§2070, 2338B, 3125, 3242; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1844, 18, Kempff 1867, 5, Rydberg 1907, 23, Black 1971, 178, Attwood 1996a, 225.


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