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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anonymous Poems (Anon)

II. 3. Poem about Magnús lagabœtir (Mlag) - 3

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2.1: Poem about Magnús lagabœtir — Anon MlagII

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Poem about Magnús lagabœtir’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 809-11.

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Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: A. [2]. Et arvekvad om kong Magnús lagabøter, omkr. 1300. (AII, 136-7, BII, 146)

SkP info: II, 809-11

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1 Yfirmilding kveðk engla veldis
— óðr magnaz nú — fyrst at ljóðum;
mætr þengill, stýr minni tungu
málkunnigri, frægrar sunnu.
Skyldr emk þess, er æztr var aldar,
jöfra stýris mærð at skýra
(dróttinn styrki mín orð máttigr)
mestri sæmd (um dýrðar festi).
I first summon the supreme lord of the angels’ realm [SKY/HEAVEN > = God] to the recitation; now the poem becomes powerful; glorious prince of the famous sun [= God], guide my eloquent tongue. I am obliged to proclaim the praise of that controller of princes [KING], who was the foremost of men, with the greatest honour; may the powerful Lord strengthen my words about the securer of glory [KING].
2 Skýrum ætlak Magnús mæra
mildi sterkan frægðarverka;
yppa skal nú öðlings höppum
einkar skjótt at vilja dróttins.
Eigi er oss um allvald frægan
(andagiptir) lítill vandi
(allar þyrftak engla stillis)
óðar þáttu framm at bjóða.
I intend to praise Magnús, strong in generosity, with a clear poem of fame; I shall now uplift the king’s lucky deeds very quickly according to the will of the Lord. It is no small difficulty for us [me] to proffer strands of praise about the renowned mighty ruler; I would need all the spiritual gifts of the leader of angels [= God].
3 Hlýða skalt til afreksóðar,
Eiríkr konungr; giptu meiri
öllum bíð þú, ágætr stillir,
jarðráðöndum fremðardáða.
Stóra mærð átt, vísi, at virða
völdugs grams; at heyrnar skjöldum
rjóðöndum flytk rausnarkvæði
rimmu skóðs með hætti góðum.
King Eiríkr, you must listen to the poem of splendour; renowned ruler, may you receive more good luck in outstanding deeds than all [other] land-rulers. Lord, you shall appraise the great praise of the powerful prince; I recite a poem of glory with a fine verse-form toward the shields of hearing [EARS] of the reddeners of battle’s dangerous tool [WEAPON > WARRIORS].
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