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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Gamlkan Has 18VII/8 — hár ‘Exalted’

Ítr, lýstir þú ástar,
élserkjar gramr, merki
láðs við lyptimeiða
linns í hérvist þinni.
Guð, rétt guðdóm yðvarn
(glatask mein af því) hreinan
(hǫlða liðs) at hylja,
hár, manndómi vôrum.

Ítr gramr élserkjar, þú lýstir merki ástar við lyptimeiða láðs linns í hérvist þinni. Hár guð, rétt at hylja yðvarn hreinan guðdóm manndómi vôrum; mein liðs hǫlða glatask af því.

Glorious prince of the storm-shirt [SKY/HEAVEN > = God (= Christ)], you showed a sign of your love towards the lifting-poles of the land of the serpent [GOLD > MEN] in your sojourn here. Exalted God, you decided to cover your pure divinity with our humanity; the harm of the race of men [SIN] is destroyed by that.



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