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Gamlkan Has 40VII

Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Gamli kanóki, Harmsól 40’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 107.

Gamli kanókiHarmsól
394041

text and translation

Mjǫk gengr môttr ok ríki
mæts varðanda jarðar
— lýð dugir helzt at hræðask
hann — of allt vit manna.
Sterk lofar drótt ok dýrkar
dagstalls konung snjallan;
himins es fylkir fremri
fróðr hvívetna góðu.

Môttr ok ríki {mæts varðanda jarðar} gengr mjǫk of allt vit manna; lýð dugir helzt at hræðask hann. Sterk drótt lofar ok dýrkar {snjallan konung {dagstalls}}; {fróðr fylkir himins} es fremri hvívetna góðu.
 
‘The might and power of the glorious guardian of the earth [= God] surpasses greatly all the understanding of men; it befits people most of all to fear him. The mighty host praises and glorifies the excellent king of the day-support [SKY/HEAVEN > = God]; the wise king of heaven [= God] is superior to everything that is good.

notes and context

[5-8]: Repetition of the stef is indicated by an obelos in the left-hand margin at fol. 13r, l. 19.

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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 40: AI, 568, BI, 558, Skald I, 271; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1844, 26, Kempff 1867, 12, Rydberg 1907, 27, Black 1971, 240, Attwood 1996a, 231.

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