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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, 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.

Mss: B(11r), 399a-bˣ

Readings: [1] Yfirstillir: ‘Y[...]ir[...]i[...]’ B, ‘Yf̣irṣṭillẹṛ’ 399a‑bˣ    [4] hugstrandar: so 399a‑bˣ, ‘hugstrannda[...]’ B;    grandi: so 399a‑bˣ, ‘g[...]nnde’ B

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.

Notes: [1-2] ítr yfirstillir túns himins rítar ‘glorious overseer of the home-field of the shield of heaven [SUN > SKY/HEAVEN > = God]’: Cf. the God-kenning in Has 26/3-4. Ítr provides the hǫfuðstafr in each case. — [7-8]: The intercalary cl. in 37/7-8 is almost identical to the one here.

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