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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Heil 16VII/1 — ræsi ‘ruler’

Blásíus stóð fyr blektum ræsi;
blótum talar hann snart á móti;
leingi bauð að lemja staungum;
lostigr tók hann písl, og brosti.
Hógligt náðu hold í stagli
Heljarmenn með sárleik kvelja;
burðugt líf um brjóst og herðar
blindir rifu með kambatindum.

Blásíus stóð fyr blektum ræsi; hann talar snart á móti blótum; bauð að lemja staungum leingi; lostigr tók hann písl, og brosti. Heljarmenn náðu kvelja með sárleik hógligt hold í stagli; blindir rifu burðugt líf um brjóst og herðar með kambatindum.

Blaise stood before the deluded ruler; he speaks zealously against sacrifices; [the ruler] ordered him to be beaten with rods for a long time; he accepted the torments willingly, and smiled. The men of Hel <ruler of the underworld> [WICKED MEN] painfully tortured his lithe body on the rack; blind [they] tore the noble body along his chest and shoulders with the prongs of combs.



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