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Anonymous Poems (Anon)

VII. Lilja (Lil) - 100

Lilja (‘Lily’) — Anon LilVII

Martin Chase 2007, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Lilja’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 544-677.

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Skj: Eysteinn Ásgrímsson: Lilja (AII, 363-95, BII, 390-416)

SkP info: VII, 621-2

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52 — Anon Lil 52VII

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Cite as: Martin Chase (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Lilja 52’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 621-2.

Er æ minnilig eftirdæmi
yfirvaldanda himins og landa;
hneigði sinn háls og beygði
hverjum þræl, er lysti berja,
talaðr með lítillæti,
lágraustaðr með ásjón fagri,
svá bjóðandi sínum dauða
sína önd fyrir nauðsyn mína.

 

The example {of the supreme ruler of heaven and lands} [= God (= Christ)] is forever memorable; he now bent his neck and bowed before every slave who desired to strike, saying little with humility, softly spoken with a fair face, thus offering his soul in his death on account of my need.

notes: [6]: The rhyme is between lágr- and fagr-. For other examples of full rhyme between long and short vowels, see the use of dýrð in 14/2, 68/8, and 74/2. JH notes that the poet sporadically shortens vowels preceding a consonant cluster.

editions: Skj Eysteinn Ásgrímsson: Lilja 52 (AII, 380; BII, 404); Skald II, 220, NN §§2629F, 3397F.

sources

Holm perg 1 fol (Bb) 115ra, 28 - 115ra, 33  transcr.  image  image  
AM 99 a 8° (99a) 10v, 16 - 11r, 4  transcr.  image  image  
AM 622 4° (622) 32, 12 - 32, 16  transcr.  image  
AM 713 4° (713) 10, 21 - 10, 24  transcr.  image  image  image  
Vísnabók (Vb) 251 - 251  
DKNVSB 41 8°x (41 8°x) 122, 6 - 122, 11  transcr.  image  
AM 705 4°x (705x) 13v - 13v  transcr.  
BLAdd 4892 (4892) 33r - 33r  transcr.  image  
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