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Anonymous Poems (Anon)

VII. Lausavísa on Lawgiving (Law) - 1

Lausavísa on Lawgiving — Anon LawVII

Jonathan Grove 2007, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Lausavísa on Lawgiving’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 965-6.

stanzas:  1 

SkP info: VII, 965-6

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1 Lögmaðr skyldi röskr og riettr,
riettligr er það lögmanns stiettr;
sá mun þykkja lýðnum liettr,
er lögin segir, þá er hann er friettr.
Móyses kunni lögmáls list,
leingi talaði hann við Krist;
trautt fær mannfólk laganna mist;
minn guð fái oss himna vist.
The lawman should be brave and true, that is the lawman’s proper way; he will appear gracious to the people, who speaks the law, when he is asked. Moses was skilled in the art of law-giving, he spoke for a long time with Christ; unwillingly does mankind lose the laws; may my God give us an abode in the heavens.
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