This interface will soon cease to be publicly available. Use the new interface instead. Click here to switch over now.

Cookies on our website

We use cookies on this website, mainly to provide a secure browsing experience but also to collect statistics on how the website is used. You can find out more about the cookies we set, the information we store and how we use it on the cookies page.

Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

login: password: stay logged in: help

Anonymous Poems (Anon)

VII. Lilja (Lil) - 100

not in Skj

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.

 1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13   14   15   16   17   18   19   20   21   22   23   24   25   26   27   28   29   30   31   32   33   34   35   36   37   38   39   40   41   42   43   44   45   46   47   48   49   50   51   52   53   54   55   56   57   58   59   60   61   62   63   64   65   66   67   68   69   70   71   72   73   74   75   76   77   78   79   80   81   82   83   84   85   86   87   88   89   90   91   92   93   94   95   96   97   98   99   100 

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

SkP info: VII, 626-7

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance search files

56 — Anon Lil 56VII

edition interactive full text transcriptions old edition references concordance


Cite as: Martin Chase (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Lilja 56’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 626-7.

Þó griet hun nú, sárra súta
sverði nist í bringu og herðar;
sitt einbernið, sjálfan drottin,
hun hanganda á nöglum stangaz.
Armar sviddu á brýndum broddum;
brjóst er mætt með þessum hætti;
særðiz bæði sonr og móðir
sannheilög fyrir græðing manna.


Nevertheless she now wept, pierced in breast and back by a sword of grievous sorrows; her only begotten child, the Lord himself, she saw hanging, being pierced on nails. The arms burned from the sharpened points; the breast is enervated in this way; the truly holy son and mother are both wounded for the salvation of men.

notes: [1-2]: An allusion to Simeon’s prophecy to Mary (Luke II.35): et tuam ipsius animam pertransiet gladius ut revelentur ex multis cordibus cogitationes ‘and thy own soul a sword shall pierce, that, out of many hearts thoughts may be revealed’, echoed in the popular sequence Stabat Mater Dolorosa: Cuius animam gementem / Contristantem et dolentem / Pertransivit gladius ‘whose groaning soul, sorrowing and weeping, a sword pierced’ (AH 54, 312). — [5-8]: The third cl. of this sentence draws together the first two: The son suffers the pain of crucifixion; the mother, as Simeon predicted, the pain of beholding it. Cf. the Meditaciones Vite Christi: Et hec omnia dicuntur et fiunt presente mestissima matre sua: cuius compassio multum augmentat filii passionem et e conuerso. Ipsa cum filio pendebat in cruce; et pocius elegisset mori cum ipso quam amplius uiuere ... Viri fratres, rogo uos propter Deum altissimum, ne me amplius uexare uelitis in dilectissimo filio meo ‘And all these things are said and done in the presence of his most sorrowful mother, whose own suffering greatly increased her son’s suffering, as his did hers.Virtually she was hanging on the cross with her son ... [Mary says] “Fellow men, I beg you in the name of the most high God, not to torment me any longer in the person of my most beloved son”’ (Stallings-Taney 1997, 272-3, 277; Taney 2000, 254, 257).

editions: Skj Eysteinn Ásgrímsson: Lilja 56 (AII, 381; BII, 405); Skald II, 221.


Holm perg 1 fol (Bb) 115rb, 13 - 115rb, 17  transcr.  image  image  
AM 99 a 8° (99a) 11v, 9 - 11v, 16  transcr.  image  image  
AM 622 4° (622) 33, 7 - 33, 11  transcr.  image  
AM 713 4° (713) 11, 2 - 11, 4  transcr.  image  image  image  
Vísnabók (Vb) 252 - 252  
DKNVSB 41 8°x (41 8°x) 123, 15 - 123, 20  transcr.  image  
AM 705 4°x (705x) 14v - 14v  transcr.  
BLAdd 4892 (4892) 34r - 34r  transcr.  image  
© Skaldic Project Academic Body, unless otherwise noted. Database structure and interface developed by Tarrin Wills. All users of material on this database are reminded that its content may be either subject to copyright restrictions or is the property of the custodians of linked databases that have given permission for members of the skaldic project to use their material for research purposes. Those users who have been given access to as yet unpublished material are further reminded that they may not use, publish or otherwise manipulate such material except with the express permission of the individual editor of the material in question and the General Editor of the volume in which the material is to be published. Applications for permission to use such material should be made in the first instance to the General Editor of the volume in question. All information that appears in the published volumes has been thoroughly reviewed. If you believe some information here is incorrect please contact Tarrin Wills with full details.