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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ǪlvH Lv 1VIII (HjǪ 17)/8 — sé* ‘to be’

Hvat skal ek kalla þetta,         hvar þarftu mér bregða,
konungr, um kvensemi,         kátr, um miðnætti?
En hverja hýsnoppu,         sem þú at heiðum finnr,
viltu, at þér í sinni         sé* allar ….

Hvat skal ek kalla þetta, hvar þarftu mér bregða, kátr konungr, um kvensemi um miðnætti? En hverja hýsnoppu, sem þú finnr at heiðum, viltu at allar … sé* þér í sinni?

What shall I say to this, why do you need to rouse me, merry king, about desire for women at midnight? And every downy-snouted [girl] that you find on the heaths, do you want all … to be in your company?

readings

[8] sé*: ‘sæir’ 109a IIIˣ, ‘sien’ papp6ˣ, ‘sieu’ ÍBR5ˣ

notes

[8] sé* allar …: The line is defective and both Skj B and Skald add þær ‘they’ (f. nom. pl.) to complete it, though this does not appear in any ms. Papp ends with the word allar, but the other mss add some additional unmetrical text; 109a IIIˣ has munu mér nú of fáar þykkja ‘they will now seem to me too few (?)’, while ÍBR5ˣ has munu mér mjǫk fár þykkja ‘they will seem to me very few’.

grammar

Irregular verbs: vera (to be)

indic.subj.
pres.pastpres.past
sing.


pl.
1
2
3
1
2
3
em
ert
er
erum
eruð
eru
var
vart
var
várum
váruð
váru

sér

sém
séð
væra
værir
væri
værim
værið
væri
imperative
past part.
ver, verið
verit
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