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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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GunnLeif Merl I 100VIII (Bret 168)/5 — táknat ‘signified’

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.

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