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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, 170

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33 — Anon Leið 33VII

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Cite as: Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Leiðarvísan 33’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 170.

Gefr, sás ǫllum efri,
ǫðlingr salar rǫðla
— goð magnar þrif þegna —
þjóðum allt it góða.
Gramr skóp hauðr ok himna
hreggranns sem kyn seggja;
einns salkonungr sólar
snjallr hjalpari allra.

{Ǫðlingr {salar rǫðla}}, sás efri ǫllum, gefr þjóðum allt it góða; goð magnar þrif þegna. {Gramr {hreggranns}} skóp hauðr ok himna sem kyn seggja; {snjallr {sólar sal}konungr} [e]s einn hjalpari allra.

{The prince {of the hall of heavenly bodies}} [SKY/HEAVEN > = God], who is higher than all, gives to people all that is good — God strengthens the prosperity of his servants. {The king {of the storm-house}} [SKY/HEAVEN > = God] made land and skies as well as the race of men; {the excellent king {of the hall of the sun}} [(lit. ‘hall-king of the sun’) HEAVEN > = God] is alone the helper of all.

Mss: B(11r), 624(90), 399a-bˣ

Readings: [4] þjóðum: so 624, 399a‑bˣ, ‘þi[...]um’ B    [5-8] abbrev. as ‘Gramr skop h.’ B, ‘Gramur’ 624

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XII], G [2]. Leiðarvísan 33: AI, 624, BI, 630, Skald I, 306; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1844, 66, Rydberg 1907, 9, Attwood 1996a, 68-9, 179.

Notes: [2] ǫðlingr salar rǫðla ‘prince of the hall of heavenly bodies [SKY/HEAVEN > = God]’: Cf. Has 16/6: ǫðlingr, hefik, rǫðla. The same rhyming pair also appears elsewhere in Þjsk SveindrI and in Mgr 3/2. — [5-8]: The third and final iteration of the second refrain, with which the stefjabálkr of Leið concludes. B marks the stef with an obelos in the right-hand margin.

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