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Gamlkan Has 38VII

Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Gamli kanóki, Harmsól 38’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 106.

Gamli kanókiHarmsól
373839

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Þjóð á hart, sús hlýða
hildings boðum vildat
lofða kyns meðan lifði,
lýtum kend fyr hendi.
Sú rasar aum í aumar
óvísligar píslir;
ey grœtir þar ýta
uggr, en vætki huggar.

Þjóð, kend lýtum, sús vildat hlýða boðum {hildings {kyns lofða}} meðan lifði, á hart fyr hendi. Sú rasar aum í aumar, óvísligar píslir; uggr grœtir þar ýta ey, en vætki huggar.
 
‘That group of people, known for sins, who would not heed the commandments of the prince of the race of men [MANKIND > RULER = Christ] while it lived, faces hardship. It rushes wretched into wretched, uncertain tortures; fear grieves people there perpetually, and nothing affords comfort.

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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 38: AI, 567, BI, 558, Skald I, 270, NN §§2805, 2926; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1844, 25, Kempff 1867, 11-12, Rydberg 1907, 27, Black 1971, 236, Attwood 1996a, 231.

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