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Anonymous Poems (Anon)

VII. Leiðarvísan (Leið) - 45

Leiðarvísan (‘Way-Guidance’) — Anon LeiðVII

Katrina Attwood 2007, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Leiðarvísan’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 137-78.

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Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XII]: G [2]. Leiðarvísan, et digt fra det 12. årh. (AI, 618-26, BI, 622-33)

SkP info: VII, 154

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15 — Anon Leið 15VII

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Cite as: Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Leiðarvísan 15’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 154.

Kristr setti frið fastan
fimr meðal láðs ok himna
— nauðr es þegnum þýðask
þann veg — goðs ok manna,
ok dáðskreyttan dróttinn
dags hallar frið lagði
— þat vas sunnudag — sinnar
snjallr meðal skepnu allrar.

Fimr Kristr setti fastan frið meðal láðs ok himna, goðs ok manna — nauðr es þegnum þýðask þann veg —, ok {snjallr dróttinn {dags hallar}} lagði dáðskreyttan frið meðal allrar skepnu sinnar; þat vas sunnudag.

Nimble Christ established firm peace between earth and heavens, God and men — it is necessary for men to receive that glory —, and {the valiant lord {of the day’s hall}} [SKY/HEAVEN > = God] laid down deed-adorned peace throughout his entire creation; that was on a Sunday.

Mss: B(10v), 624(88)

Readings: [5] dáðskreyttan: skreyttan dáð 624    [8] skepnu: so 624, ‘skepn[...]’ B

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XII], G [2]. Leiðarvísan 15: AI, 621, BI, 626, Skald I, 304, NN §2983; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1844, 61, Rydberg 1907, 6, Attwood 1996a, 63-4, 174.

Notes: [1-2] fimr Kristr setti fastan frið meðal láðs ok himna ‘nimble Christ established firm peace between earth and heavens’: This event is not directly paralleled in any other version of the Sunday List. It may be an oblique reference to the Fall of Lucifer described in Isa. XIV.12-20. — [5-6] dáðskreyttan frið ‘deed-adorned peace’: See Note to dáðmáttugr ‘deed-mighty’ (5/7). Leið often characterises God in terms of his good works. Here, as in the cpd dáðstétt ‘deed-host’ used for the angel-host in 24/5, this renown is transferred to God’s creation. — [5-6] dróttinn dags hallar ‘lord of the day’s hall [SKY/HEAVEN > = God]’: Cf. gramr dags hallar ‘prince of the day’s hall’ in 45/6.

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