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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ESk Geisl 58VII/1 — aldar ‘humankind’

Angrfyldrar varð aldar
(illr gerisk hugr af villu)
mildings þjónn fyr manna
(margfaldr) ǫfund kaldri.
Lygi hefr bragna brugðit
(brýtr stundum frið) nýtra
(hermðar kraptr) til heiptar
hjaldrstríð skapi blíðu.

Þjónn mildings angrfyldrar aldar varð fyr kaldri ǫfund manna; margfaldr hugr gerisk illr af villu. Hjaldrstríð lygi hefr brugðit blíðu skapi nýtra bragna til heiptar; kraptr hermðar brýtr stundum frið.

The servant of the king of sinful humankind [= God > PRIEST = Ríkarðr] was up against the cold hatred of men; the many-sided mind becomes evil from delusion. Battle-hard lying has turned the happy mind of able men to hatred; the power of anger sometimes breaks the peace.




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