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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ÞjóðA Magn 14II/3 — sýgk ‘I suck’

Ek hef ekki at drekka
annars nema sjá þenna,
sýgk ór sǫltum ægi
sylg — es jǫfri fylgik.
Liggr fyr oss, en uggum
alllítt Svía, kǫllum,
— drýgt hǫfum vás fyr vísa —
víð Skáneyrar síða.

Ek hef ekki annars at drekka nema þenna sjá, es fylgik jǫfri; sýgk sylg ór sǫltum ægi. Víð síða Skáneyrar liggr fyr oss, en uggum alllítt Svía, kǫllum; hǫfum drýgt vás fyr vísa.

I have nothing other to drink than this sea, as I follow the king; I suck a slurp from the salt ocean. The broad coast of Skanör lies before us, but we fear the Swedes very little, I [lit. we] declare; we have gone through hardship for the prince’s sake.


[3] sýgk (‘syg ec’): ‘sykr’ Hr



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