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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Gamlkan Has 62VII

Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Gamli kanóki, Harmsól 62’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 128-9.

Gamli kanókiHarmsól

text and translation

Hvern biðk hald ok árnan
helgan mann ins sanna,
(trús) við tírar ræsi
(trausts leitak) mér veita,
svát óbœttan ættim
engi kost, þás drengja
jǫfurr vill andar krefja
ástnenninn hal þenna.

Biðk hvern helgan mann veita mér hald ok árnan við ræsi ins sanna tírar — leitak trús trausts —, svát ættim engi kost óbœttan, þás {ástnenninn jǫfurr drengja} vill krefja þenna hal andar.
‘I ask every holy man to grant me support and intercession with the king of the true glory — I am seeking certain protection —, so that we [I] might have no circumstance unatoned for when the love-disposed prince of men [= God (= Christ)] will ask this man for his soul.

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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 62: AI, 571, BI, 564, Skald I, 273, ; NN §3126; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1844, 33, Kempff 1867, 19, Rydberg 1907, 31, Jón Helgason 1935-36, 262, Black 1971, 294, Attwood 1996a, 237.


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