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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Leið 44VII/4 — drôpu ‘the poem’

Mœðask mér á óði
— mest þarf hóf at flestu —
(brands hefr ôrr til enda)
orðvôpn* (kveðit drôpu).
Skulu eldviðir ǫldu
alljósan brag kalla
— þjóð hafi þekt á kvæði
þvísa — Leiðarvísan.

Orðvôpn* mœðask mér á óði; mest hóf þarf at flestu; ôrr brands hefr kveðit drôpu til enda. Ǫldu eldviðir skulu kalla alljósan brag Leiðarvísan; þjóð hafi þekt á kvæði þvísa.

My word-weapons [ORGANS OF SPEECH] become exhausted from the poem; the greatest moderation is needed in most things; the sword-blade’s messenger [MAN] has recited the poem to the end. Trees of the fire of the wave [(lit. ‘fire-trees of the wave’) GOLD > MEN] shall call the very bright poem ‘Leiðarvísan’; may people derive pleasure from this poem.



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