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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon (OStór) 1VIII (OStór 1)/5 — liggja

Þó at þú látir         yfir lögu breiða
byrhest renna         ok beriz víða,
nær mun þat liggja,         at norðr fyrir Mæri
þú bana hljótir;         bezt mun at þegja.

Þat mun liggja nær, at þú hljótir bana norðr fyrir Mæri, þó at þú látir byrhest renna yfir breiða lögu ok beriz víða; bezt mun at þegja.

Even though you let the wind-horse [SHIP] run over the broad seas and roam afar, it [the fate] will be at hand, that you will meet your death in the north off the coast of Møre; it is best to be silent.


[5] liggja: so 2845, 554h βˣ, leggja Flat


[5] þat mun liggja nær ‘it [the fate] will be at hand’: Lit. ‘it will lie close’.



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