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Gamlkan Has 55VII

Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Gamli kanóki, Harmsól 55’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 122.

Gamli kanókiHarmsól
545556

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Brigðr es heimr, sás hugðak,
— hann døkkvir sið manna —
verðr lýðr á láði
lastauðigr, vinfastan.
Eykr, sás eigi rœkir
orð þín, friðar tínir,
hjǫrva þollr, en hylli
hans leitar, sér vansa.

Heimr, sás hugðak vinfastan, es brigðr; hann døkkvir sið manna; lýðr á láði … verðr lastauðigr. {Þollr hjǫrva}, sás eigi rœkir orð þín en leitar hylli hans, eykr sér vansa, {tínir friðar}.
 
‘The world, which I thought steadfast as a friend, is fickle; it darkens men’s behaviour; people on earth … become rich in sin. The fir-tree of swords [WARRIOR], who does not heed your words but seeks its [the world’s] favour, increases his own shame, gatherer of peace [= God].

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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 55: AI, 570, BI, 562, Skald I, 273; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1844, 30-1, Kempff 1867, 16-17, Rydberg 1907, 29-30, Black 1971, 277, Attwood 1996a, 235.

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