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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anonymous Poems (Anon)

VII. Sólarljóð (Sól) - 83

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Sólarljóð (‘Song of the Sun’) — Anon SólVII

Carolyne Larrington and Peter Robinson 2007, ‘ Anonymous, Sólarljóð’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 287-357. <> (accessed 30 November 2021)

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Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XII]: G [6]. Sólarljóð, digt fra det 12. årh. (AI, 628-40, BI, 635-48)

SkP info: VII, 317

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32 — Anon Sól 32VII

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Cite as: Carolyne Larrington and Peter Robinson (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Sólarljóð 32’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 317.

Vinsamlig ráð        ok viti bundin
        kenni ek þér sjau saman;
görla þau mun
        ok glata aldri;
        öll eru þau nýt at nema.

Ek kenni þér sjau ráð saman, vinsamlig ok bundin viti; mun þau görla ok glata aldri; þau eru öll nýt at nema.

I teach you seven counsels in all, friendly and bound with wit; remember them fully and never forget them; they are all useful to learn.

Mss: 166bˣ(46v), papp15ˣ(3v-4r), 738ˣ(81v), 214ˣ(150v), 1441ˣ(583), 10575ˣ(5r), 2797ˣ(233)

Readings: [3] kenni: so papp15ˣ, 738ˣ, 214ˣ, 1441ˣ, 10575ˣ, 2797ˣ, kunni 166bˣ    [4] þau: þú papp15ˣ, 738ˣ, 1441ˣ, 2797ˣ;    mun: nem papp15ˣ, 10575ˣ, 2797ˣ, man 1441ˣ

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XII], G [6]. Sólarljóð 32: AI, 633, BI, 640, Skald I, 311, NN §2564A; Bugge 1867, 362, Falk 1914, 14, Björn M. Ólsen 1915, 13, Fidjestøl 1979, 64, Njörður Njarðvík 1991, 65, Njörður Njarðvík 1993, 38, 113.

Notes: [3] kenni ‘[I] teach’: 166bˣ has kunni ‘I know’, but this cannot take an indirect object. — [3] sjau ‘seven’: A number with Christian associations, contrasting with the nine fimbulljóð ‘mighty spells’ of Óðinn in Hávm 140. For pagan and Christian number symbolism in Sól see Tate 1985, 1031 and more generally Laugesen 1959. The seven counsels are given in sts 25-32. — [6] öll eru þau nýt at nema ‘they are all useful to learn’: Cf. Hávm sts 112-37: nióta mundo, ef þú nemr ‘they will be useful if you learn them’; Hávm 162/8 nýt, ef þú nemr ‘useful if you learn’; Hsv 86/3 nýtt at nema ‘useful to learn’. Cf. also Gróg 16; Hsv 2, 148; Prov. VII.1-2 for the adjuration to memorise imparted wisdom.

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