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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Gamlkan Has 59VII/2 — miskunnar ‘mercy’

Hlut meguð hvern til gotna,
happkunnig, miskunnar
ramligs bús af ræsi
rǫðuls, Máría, ǫðlask.
Vest ávalt at trausti,
vegstýris, mér dýru,
mild, at missak aldri,
móðir *, yðvars góða.

Happkunnig Máría, meguð ǫðlask hvern hlut af ræsi ramligs bús rǫðuls til miskunnar gotna. Vest ávalt mér at dýru trausti, mild móðir * vegstýris, at missak aldri góða yðvars.

Mary, you renowned for good fortune, can obtain everything from the king of the strong homestead of the sun [SKY/HEAVEN > = God] for mercy for men. Always be a precious support to me, gentle mother of the honour-controller [= God (= Christ) > = Mary], so that I may never lose your goodwill.



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