Russell Poole (ed.) 2017, ‘Breta saga 168 (Gunnlaugr Leifsson, Merlínusspá I 100)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 132.
Hirtisk hǫlðar at hæða bœkr;
nemi skynsemi ok skili gǫrla,
hvat táknat mun í tǫlu þessi;
esat enn liðin ǫll spásaga;
þó eru mǫrgum myrk môl própheta.
Hirtisk hǫlðar at hæða bœkr; nemi skynsemi ok skili gǫrla, hvat mun táknat í þessi tǫlu; ǫll spásaga esat enn liðin; þó eru môl própheta myrk mǫrgum.
‘Let men be chary of scorning books; let them learn wisdom and understand fully what is signified in this narration; the entire prophecy has not yet come to pass; yet the words of the prophets are obscure to many. ’
For the advocacy here, see I 101, Note to [All].
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Hirtiz || havldar at hæða bꝍkr neme skynseme ok skili giorla hvat taknað man i tolv þersi erað en | liðin oll spasaga þo erv morgvm myrk mal propheta.
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