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Anonymous Poems (Anon)

VII. Leiðarvísan (Leið) - 45

Leiðarvísan (‘Way-Guidance’) — Anon LeiðVII

Katrina Attwood 2007, ‘ Anonymous, Leiðarvísan’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 137-78. <> (accessed 19 September 2021)

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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, 156

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17 — Anon Leið 17VII

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Cite as: Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Leiðarvísan 17’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 156.

Hás ræðr heimi þessum
hreggranns jǫfurr — seggjum
goð lætr gótt líf ǫðlask
gœzkufimr — sem himnum.
Lúta englar ítrum
óttlaust ok lið dróttni;
einn es siklingr sunnu
setrs hvívetna betri.

{Jǫfurr {hás hreggranns}} ræðr þessum heimi sem himnum; goð, gœzkufimr, lætr seggjum ǫðlask gótt líf. Englar ok lið lúta óttlaust ítrum dróttni; {siklingr {setrs sunnu}} es einn betri hvívetna.

{The prince {of the high storm-house}} [SKY/HEAVEN > = God] rules this world as well as the heavens; God, agile of grace, makes it possible for men to achieve a good life. Angels and people bow down fearlessly before the glorious Lord; {the king {of the seat of the sun}} [SKY/HEAVEN > = God] is alone better than everything else.

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

Readings: [2] jǫfurr: ‘io᷎fu[...]’ B, ‘iofur’ 624    [5-8] abbrev. as ‘Luta einglar itrum’ B, 624

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XII], G [2]. Leiðarvísan 17: AI, 621, BI, 626, Skald I, 304; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1844, 62, Rydberg 1907, 6, Attwood 1996a, 64, 175.

Notes: [1-2] jǫfurr hás hreggranns ‘prince of the high storm-house [SKY/HEAVEN > = God]’: See Note to 2/1-4 above. — [4] gœzkufimr ‘agile of grace’: Presumably a reference to God’s generosity in bestowing grace on humans in a variety of circumstances. This adj. describes God in Mgr 45/2; cf. gœzkufyldr guð ‘God, filled with grace’ in Has 35/4. — [5-8]: First repetition of the first stef, indicated by an obelos in the left-hand margin of fol. 10v.

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