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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Eyv Hák 19I/3 — sefa ‘a character’

Góðu dœgri         verðr sá gramr of borinn,
        es sér getr slíkan sefa.
Hans aldar         mun æ vesa
        at góðu getit.

Góðu dœgri verðr sá gramr of borinn, es getr sér slíkan sefa. Aldar hans mun æ vesa getit at góðu.

On a good day will that monarch be born who gets for himself such a character. His time will always be spoken of as good.

readings

[3] sefa: sœfa FskAˣ

notes

[3] sefa ‘character’: More usually ‘mind’ or ‘temper’, and so it is generally understood here, though the word can also mean ‘affection’.

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