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GunnLeif Merl II 52VIII (Bret 52)

Russell Poole (ed.) 2017, ‘Breta saga 52 (Gunnlaugr Leifsson, Merlínusspá II 52)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 179.

Gunnlaugr LeifssonMerlínusspá II
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text and translation

‘Þá munu gleymask         gálausir menn,
ok sællífir         seggir drekka,
leita at fagna         ok við fé una,
vell at œxla         ok vegsmuni.

‘Þá munu gálausir menn gleymask, ok sællífir seggir drekka, leita at fagna ok una við fé, at œxla vell ok vegsmuni.
 
‘‘Then feckless men will make merry, and pleasure-seeking men take to drink, seek to rejoice and take pleasure in property, to increase their gold and distinctions.

notes and context

[1-4]: For the homiletic tone and content, cf. HómÍsl (HómÍsl 1993, 39): þetta líf eɢiar galausa meɴ til ofáts oc ofdryckio ‘this life encourages feckless men to over-eating and excessive drinking’.

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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: Gunnlaugr Leifsson, Merlínússpá I 52: AII, 19, BII, 20-1, Skald II, 13; Bret 1848-9, II, 34 (Bret st. 52); Hb 1892-6, 276; Merl 2012, 114-15.

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