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Gamlkan Has 35VII/5 — Sterk ‘The mighty’

Orð megu vǫnduð verða
víst aldrigi Kristi
— guðs an gǫrvallt œðri
gœzkufyldr — sem skyldi.
Sterk lofar drótt ok dýrkar
dagstalls konung snjallan;
himins es fylkir fremri
fróðr hvívetna góðu.

Orð megu víst aldrigi verða vǫnduð Kristi, sem skyldi; gœzkufyldr guðs œðri an gǫrvallt. Sterk drótt lofar ok dýrkar snjallan konung dagstalls; fróðr fylkir himins es fremri hvívetna góðu.

Words can surely never be as carefully chosen for Christ as they should be; grace-filled God is higher than everything. The mighty host praises and worships the excellent king of the day-support [SKY/HEAVEN > = God]; the wise king of heaven [= God] is superior to everything that is good.


[5] Sterk: ‘St[...]k’ B, ‘St(er)k’(?) 399a‑bˣ


[5] sterk ‘strong, mighty’: B is badly worn, and only ‘St...k’ is legible. The reading here is supplied from the next occurrence of the second stef at fol. 13r, l. 19 (st. 40), where the word is written out in full. An obelos in the right margin at fol. 13r, l. 9 indicates the beginning of the poem’s second stef.



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