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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, 650-1

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78 — Anon Lil 78VII

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Cite as: Martin Chase (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Lilja 78’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 650-1.

Festiz og með fjúki lasta
frost ágirni mier í brjósti;
græðgi drep með glæpum auðgum
grefz hier inn með krókum stinnum.
Hræðiliga með blindri blíðu
blekkiz hold af dauðans flekkum;
heldr af slíku ætti eg aldri
ugglauss vera, þó miskunn huggi.

 

The frost of greed settles also in my breast with a snowdrift of vices; the rot of gluttony with abundant crimes digs in here with strong hooks. With blind delight flesh is cheated dreadfully by the stains of death; indeed I ought never be unafraid of such things, even though mercy should offer comfort.

notes: This st. deals with the remaining sins of avarice (ágirni), gluttony (græðgi), and lust (blíða). — [7-8]: Cf. the verbal parallel in Has 46/5-8: Þjóð mun sýna síðan | slœmr miskunnar dœmi | – ek skylda þó aldri | ugglauss – þaus mik hugga ‘The slœmr will then show people examples of mercy, which comfort me, although I ought never [be] without fear’.

editions: Skj Eysteinn Ásgrímsson: Lilja 78 (AII, 388; BII, 410); Skald II, 225.

sources

Holm perg 1 fol (Bb) 116ra, 14 - 116ra, 19  transcr.  image  image  
AM 99 a 8° (99a) 15v, 11 - 15v, 18  transcr.  image  image  
AM 622 4° (622) 37, 7 - 37, 10  transcr.  image  
AM 713 4° (713) 13, 5 - 13, 8  transcr.  image  image  image  
Vísnabók (Vb) 254 - 254  
DKNVSB 41 8°x (41 8°x) 130, 11 - 130, 16  transcr.  image  
AM 705 4°x (705x) 19r - 19r  transcr.  
BLAdd 4892 (4892) 37v - 37v  transcr.  image  
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