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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, 172

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36 — Anon Leið 36VII

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Cite as: Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Leiðarvísan 36’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 172.

Dag metr sinn at sǫnnu
snjallastr konungr allra
eljunkuðr of aðrar
alfríðar hátíðir.
Dýrka dýrligs verka
dáðsterks hǫfuðmerki
— rétt segjum — dag dróttins
drjúgmǫrg himintǫrgu.

{Snjallastr konungr allra}, eljunkuðr, metr dag sinn at sǫnnu of aðrar alfríðar hátíðir. {Drjúgmǫrg hǫfuðmerki verka} dýrka dag {dýrligs dáðsterks dróttins {himintǫrgu}}; segjum rétt.

{The most valiant king of all} [= God], known for his energy, rates his day in truth higher than other most glorious festivals. {Very numerous chief testimonies of deeds} [HOLY WRITINGS] celebrate the day {of the glorious, deed-strong lord {of the heaven-shield}} [SKY/HEAVEN > = God]; we [I] tell it correctly.

Mss: B(11r), 399a-bˣ

Readings: [4] alfríðar: so 399a‑bˣ, ‘alf[...]dar’ B

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XII], G [2]. Leiðarvísan 36: AI, 625, BI, 631, Skald I, 307; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1844, 67, Rydberg 1907, 9-10, Attwood 1996a, 69, 179.

Notes: [1] dag metr sinn: Note the deliberate similarity to the opening ll. of sts. 30 – Dag reið sinn – and 31 – Dag reis sinn. — [8] himintǫrgu ‘of the heaven-shield [SUN]’: This particular kenning occurs in only one other place in skaldic verse, Eil Þdr 5/2III, where it is part of a rekit kenning for a giantess (cf. LP: himintarga). Cf. also 42/2 rítar himins ‘of the shield of heaven [SUN]’.

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