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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Gamlkan Has 8VII

Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Gamli kanóki, Harmsól 8’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 80.

Gamli kanókiHarmsól

text and translation

Oflǫskvan hǫfum œsku
aldr várn spanit sjaldan
— barkat blóm á verkum
bráðgǫrt — frá ódôðum,
ítr, þás opt á móti
ófríð risu blíðum,
mærðvinnandi manna,
mín verk boðum þínum.

Hǫfum sjaldan spanit várn oflǫskvan aldr œsku frá ódôðum — barkat bráðgǫrt blóm á verkum —, þás ófríð verk mín risu opt á móti þínum blíðum boðum, {ítr mærðvinnandi manna}.
‘We [I] have rarely enticed our [my] lazy age of youth away from misdeeds — I did not bear easily ripened fruit on account of my deeds —, when my ugly deeds often rose against your friendly commands, glorious praise-winner of men [= 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 8: AI, 563, BI, 550, Skald I, 267; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1844, 15, Kempff 1867, 3, Rydberg 1907, 21-2, Black 1971, 157, Attwood 1996a, 223.


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