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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anonymous Poems (Anon)

VII. Leiðarvísan (Leið) - 45

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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 27 June 2022)

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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, 175-6

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42 — Anon Leið 42VII

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Cite as: Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Leiðarvísan 42’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 175-6.

Yfirstillir firr ǫllu
ítr túns himins rítar
— harmsfullum ræðk halli
hugstrandar — mik grandi.
Mér fái miklu hæri
miskunn jǫfurr sunnu,
— Kristr gefr fyrðum fastan
frið — en ek kunna biðja.

{Ítr yfirstillir {túns {rítar himins}}}, firr mik ǫllu grandi; ræðk {harmsfullum halli {hugstrandar}}. {Jǫfurr sunnu} fái mér miklu hæri miskunn, en ek kunna biðja; Kristr gefr fyrðum fastan frið.

{Glorious overseer {of the home-field {of the shield of heaven}}} [SUN > SKY/HEAVEN > = God], me distance from all harm; I govern {a sorrowful stone {of the shore of thought}} [BREAST > HEART]. May {the prince of the sun} [= God (= Christ)] grant me much higher mercy than I could ask for; Christ gives people secure peace.

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XII]: G [2]. Leiðarvísan 42 (AI, 626; BI, 632-3); Skald I, 307; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1844, 69, Rydberg 1907, 10-11, Attwood 1996a, 70, 181.


AM 757 a 4° (B) 11r, 29 - 11r, 31  transcr.  image  image  image  image  
JS 399 a-b 4°x (399a-bx) -  
Lbs 444 4°x (444x) -  
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