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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, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Sólarljóð’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 287-357.

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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, 356-7

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82 — Anon Sól 82VII

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Cite as: Carolyne Larrington and Peter Robinson (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Sólarljóð 82’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 356-7.

Hér vit skiljumz        ok hittaz munum
        á feginsdegi fira;
dróttinn minn
        gefi þeim dauðum ró
        ok hinum líkn, er lifa.

Hér skiljumz vit ok munum hittaz á feginsdegi fira; dróttinn minn gefi þeim dauðum ró ok líkn hinum, er lifa.

Here we two part and we will meet on men’s day of joy; may my Lord give to the dead peace, and grace to those who live.

Mss: 166bˣ(48v), papp15ˣ(8r), 738ˣ(83v), 167b 6ˣ(4v), 214ˣ(152v), 1441ˣ(588), 10575ˣ(11v), 2797ˣ(238)

Readings: [2] munum: manum 10575ˣ    [3] feginsdegi: ‘ferginsdegi’ papp15ˣ, 214ˣ, ‘frignïz deigi’ corrected from ‘fiørgiṅz deigi’ 738ˣ, feginsdegi corrected from ‘ferginsdegi’ 167b 6ˣ;    fira: fira corrected from ‘finum’ 738ˣ, ‘fina’ 167b 6ˣ, 214ˣ    [4] minn: om. 214ˣ    [5] þeim: om. papp15ˣ, 1441ˣ, 10575ˣ, 2797ˣ;    dauðum: so papp15ˣ, 167b 6ˣ, 1441ˣ, 10575ˣ, 2797ˣ, ‘daudu’ 166bˣ, 738ˣ, 214ˣ    [6] ok: om. papp15ˣ, 1441ˣ, 10575ˣ, 2797ˣ, en 738ˣ, 167b 6ˣ, 214ˣ

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XII], G [6]. Sólarljóð 82: AI, 640, BI, 648, Skald I, 316; Bugge 1867, 370, Falk 1914, 50, Björn M. Ólsen 1915, 23-4, Fidjestøl 1979, 71, Njörður Njarðvík 1991, 108-9, Njörður Njarðvík 1993, 88, 156.

Notes: [All]: Many eds have regarded this as the final st. of the original Sólarljóð and do not include st. 83. — [3] feginsdegi ‘day of joy’: In poetry only here and in the form feginsdœgr in ǪrvOdd Ævdr 36VIII. The cpd is not difficult to construe: it is clearly a term for Judgement Day. Njörður Njarðvík (1991, 109) notes the phrase occurring in this sense in prose in Sv (Sv 1920, 42). It seems, however, to have caused later scribes a great deal of difficulty. — [5] gefi þeim dauðum ró ‘give the dead peace’: Paasche (1914a, 162) suggests this is a quotation from the Requiem Mass, requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine! ‘Lord, give them eternal rest!’. The Day of Judgement is evoked, and a final prayer pronounced for the living and the dead.

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