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VII. Leiðarvísan (Leið) - 45

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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, 156-7

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18 — Anon Leið 18VII

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Cite as: Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Leiðarvísan 18’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 156-7.

Fylgði lýðr af láði
lagavísum Móísi;
sundr sprakk vágr fyr vendi;
vas þat sunnudag unnit.
Þusti hafs með hreysti
heiðit folk á leiðir;
brátt vann lǫgr inn ljóti
líftjón Pharaóni.

Lýðr fylgði lagavísum Móísi af láði; vágr sprakk sundr fyr vendi; þat vas unnit sunnudag. Heiðit folk þusti með hreysti á leiðir hafs; brátt vann inn ljóti lǫgr Pharaóni líftjón.

The people followed law-wise Moses from the land; the sea burst apart before the staff; that was accomplished on a Sunday. The heathen people rushed with valour onto the ocean’s paths; quickly the ugly sea brought about a loss of life for Pharaoh.

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

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XII], G [2]. Leiðarvísan 18: AI, 621, BI, 626-7, Skald I, 304-5; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1844, 62, Rydberg 1907, 6-7, Attwood 1996a, 64, 175.

Notes: [All]: Sts 18-20 tell of events in the Old Testament book of Exodus. The account of the exodus from Egypt is in Exod. XII.31-42. The Egyptians’ pursuit of the Israelites, and the subsequent drowning of the Pharaonic army in the Red Sea is described in Exod. XIV.23-8. — [2] lagavísum Móísi (dat.) ‘law-wise Moses’: Moses is lagavíss ‘law-wise’, since it was he who received the law from God on Mt Sinai (Exod. XIX-XXXI). Although, according to biblical chronology, this event took place some three months after the exodus (Exod. XIX.1), the Leið-poet’s use of this adj. to describe Moses here anticipates the subject-matter of st. 19. On the form of the name Moses, see Note to 19/4.

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