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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Gamlkan Has 57VII

Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Gamli kanóki, Harmsól 57’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 124-5.

Gamli kanókiHarmsól

text and translation

Heldr dœmðu mik, hǫlða
happvinnandi, þinni
meir af miskunn dýrri,
mætastr, an réttlæti.
Lít ok virð, sem vættik,
valdr blásinna tjalda
hreggs, at hjǫlp of þiggi,
hár, óstyrkðir várar.

{Mætastr happvinnandi hǫlða}, dœmðu mik heldr meir af þinni dýrri miskunn an réttlæti. Lít ok virð óstyrkðir várar, sem vættik, at of þiggi hjǫlp, {hár valdr {blásinna tjalda hreggs}}.
‘Most illustrious luck-worker of men [= God], judge me rather more out of your precious mercy than justice. Consider and evaluate our [my] frailties, which, I expect, may receive help, high ruler of the windswept tents of the storm [SKY/HEAVEN > = God].

notes and context



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 57: AI, 570, BII, 563, Skald I, 273, NN §1213; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1844, 31, Kempff 1867, 17, Rydberg 1907, 30, Black 1971, 282, Attwood 1996a, 236.


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