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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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GunnLeif Merl II 64VIII (Bret 64)

Russell Poole (ed.) 2017, ‘Breta saga 64 (Gunnlaugr Leifsson, Merlínusspá II 64)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 186.

Gunnlaugr LeifssonMerlínusspá II

text and translation

Sjám við synð         ok svikaráðum
ok alls kyns         illum verkum.
Drýgjum dôð,         dróttin elskum,
hrindum ǫrt         illu ráði.

Sjám við synð ok svikaráðum ok alls kyns illum verkum. Drýgjum dôð, elskum dróttin, hrindum ǫrt illu ráði.
‘Let us eschew sin and treacherous counsels and all kinds of evil deeds. Let us practise [good] works, love the Lord, reject evil counsel forthwith.

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: Gunnlaugr Leifsson, Merlínússpá I 64: AII, 21, BII, 23, Skald II, 14, NN §2163C; Bret 1848-9, II, 37 (Bret st. 64); Hb 1892-6, 277; Merl 2012, 123.


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