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Gamlkan Has 18VII

Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Gamli kanóki, Harmsól 18’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 89.

Gamli kanókiHarmsól
171819

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Ítr, lýstir þú ástar,
élserkjar gramr, merki
láðs við lyptimeiða
linns í hérvist þinni.
Guð, rétt guðdóm yðvarn
(glatask mein af því) hreinan
(hǫlða liðs) at hylja,
hár, manndómi vôrum.

{Ítr gramr {élserkjar}}, þú lýstir merki ástar við {lyptimeiða {láðs linns}} í hérvist þinni. Hár guð, rétt at hylja yðvarn hreinan guðdóm manndómi vôrum; {mein liðs hǫlða} glatask af því.
 
‘Glorious prince of the storm-shirt [SKY/HEAVEN > = God (= Christ)], you showed a sign of your love towards the lifting-poles of the land of the serpent [GOLD > MEN] in your sojourn here. Exalted God, you decided to cover your pure divinity with our humanity; the harm of the race of men [SIN] is destroyed by that.

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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.

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Skj: Gamli kanóki, 2. Harmsól 18: AI, 564, BI, 553, Skald I, 268; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1844, 18-19, Kempff 1867, 6, Nj 1875-8, II, 256, Rydberg 1907, 23, Black 1971, 186, Attwood 1996a, 226.

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