Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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7. Anonymous Poems, Leiðarvísan, 14 [Vol. 7, 153-4]

[1-2] einn yfirþengill skóp hreina engla sunnudag ‘the one overlord created the pure angels on a Sunday’: Einn ‘one’ could also be construed with sunnudag ‘Sunday’ (l. 2). Although the creation of the angels is not biblical, references to it are widespread in early apocryphal tradition, as, for example in the Book of Jubilees II.2; see Charles 1913, II, 13 and Lees 1985, 140. It is often mentioned in the Sunday Lists included in versions of the Sunday Letter, across all recensions. In the two MHG homilies containing freestanding Sunday Lists (see Introduction), the creation of the angels is the first event listed. On the relationships between Leið, the MHG sermons and other texts in the Sunday Letter/List traditions, see Attwood 2003.


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