Cite as: Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Anonymous Lausavísur, Stanzas from the Fourth Grammatical Treatise 6’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 578.
context: This helmingr is cited as the first of two examples of the figure of chronographia, which FoGT defines thus: Cronographía er þat ef sagt er, ꜳ hverivm tíma tiðindin gerðvz, þav er hann vill fra segía ‘Chronographia is if it is specified as to what time events occurred that he wants to describe’.
notes: As with st. 4, this stanza appears among citations illustrating terms for Christ in the Y version of LaufE (LaufE 1979, 364) and in a similar environment in RE 1665(Hh). — The citation is appropriate to the figure of chronographia, as it specifies the exact time of Christ’s death on the Cross, as mentioned in three of the four gospel accounts (Matt. XXVII.45-6; Mark XV.33-4; Luke XXIII.44-5). There it is stated that darkness fell upon the earth at the sixth hour and lasted until the ninth hour, at which time Christ died. The same idea appears in Anon (FoGT) 46/5.
texts: ‹FoGT 9›,
‹LaufE 81 (364)›,
editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: [C]. D. Religiøse og moraliserende vers af den 4. grammatiske afhandling 3 (AII, 163; BII, 180); Skald II, 94; SnE 1848-87, II, 196-7, III, 154, FoGT 1884, 123, 245, FoGT 2004, 33, 61, 93, FoGT 2014, 6-7, 61.