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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Leið 3VII/5 — aldar ‘of men’

Fǫður biðk ok son síðan
slétt óðarlag rétta;
minn styrki vel verka
vandan heilagr andi.
Ór munu aldar stýri
óþægilig frægjum
orð, nema mér til mærðar
málsgnótt fái dróttinn.

Síðan biðk fǫður ok son rétta slétt óðarlag; heilagr andi styrki vel vandan verka minn. Orð ór munu óþægilig frægjum stýri aldar, nema dróttinn fái mér málsgnótt til mærðar.

Then I ask the Father and Son to straighten out a smooth poem form; may the Holy Spirit strengthen my awkward work well. Our [my] words will be displeasing to the famous steerer of men [= God], unless the Lord gives me an abundance of language for the praise-poem.




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