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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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SnSt Ht 89III/3 — þrátt ‘incessantly’

Hirð gerir hilmis kátt;
hǫll skipask þrǫngt at gátt;
auð gefr þengill þrátt;
þat spyrr framm í átt.
Slíkt telk hilmis hátt;
hans es rausn of mátt;
jarl brýtr sundr í smátt
slungit gull við þátt.

Gerir kátt hirð hilmis; hǫll skipask þrǫngt at gátt; þengill gefr auð þrátt; þat spyrr framm í átt. Slíkt telk hátt hilmis; rausn hans es of mátt; jarl brýtr sundr slungit gull við þátt í smátt.

The lord’s retinue becomes cheerful; the hall is crowded to the gate; the ruler gives wealth incessantly; that will be heard for generations. Such I declare to be the way of a lord; his splendour is overpowering; the jarl breaks asunder twisted gold by the strand into small pieces.



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