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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon 732b 2III/6 — CaesaremCaesar (‘emperor’)’

Pater ert og princeps feiti;
percussor ert svartra pússa;
rex heitir þú lifra ljóssa;
látprúðr ert þú domnus húða.
Praeses ert og lofðungr lýsis;
leðrs kalla þig Caesarem allir;
magister ert maks og leista;
margsvinnr ert þú dux fyr skinnum.

Ert pater og princeps feiti; ert percussor svartra pússa; þú heitir rex ljóssa lifra; þú ert látprúðr domnus húða. Ert praeses og lofðungr lýsis; allir kalla þig Caesarem leðrs; ert magister maks og leista; þú ert margsvinnr dux fyr skinnum.

You are a pater (‘father’) and princeps (‘prince’) of fat; you are a percussor (‘smiter’) of black [skin] pouches; you are called rex (‘king’) of shining livers; you are a courteous domnus (‘lord’) of hides. You are a praeses (‘protector’) and ruler of oil; all men call you Caesar (‘emperor’) of leather; you are a magister (‘master’) of grease and [leather] footwear; you are a very wise dux (‘duke’) of skins.

notes

[6] CaesaremCaesar (“emperor”)’: Lat., m. acc. sg. < nom. sg. Caesar.

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