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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, 144-5

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5 — Anon Leið 5VII

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Cite as: Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Leiðarvísan 5’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 144-5.

Hljóð gefi hirðimeiðar
hrælinns at brag svinnir
— gegn vilk þjóð at þagni
þá stund, es kveðk — sunda.
Vilk, meðan varrar telja,
— vegskrýðendr mér hlýði —
frá dáðmôttugs dróttins
degi nǫkkur rǫk segja.

 

May {the wise guarding-poles {of the serpent {of carrion-channels}}} [BLOOD > SWORD > MEN] give a hearing to the poem; I desire that the honest people keep silence while I am reciting. I want, while my lips declaim, to utter some lore concerning the day of the deed-mighty Lord; {way-adorners} [MEN] should hear me.

notes: [5-6]: To accommodate the emendation of vegskrýðendr described below under Note to l. 6, Finnur Jónsson construes varrar viggskrýðendr hlýði mér, meðan teljak ‘the adorners of the horse of the wash should hear me, while I recite’. Kock (NN §1259) objects to this, on the grounds that it is impossible to split the temporal cl. (meðan telja) with part of the subject of the main cl. (varrar). Instead, he prefers to preserve the ms. reading telja, which Finnur had emended, and to take varrar as nom. pl. of vǫrr f. ‘lip’, referring back to the lips first mentioned in 1/4. His reading is followed here. Sveinbjörn Egilsson, who first suggested the emendation to viggskrýðendr, also assumed varrar to be the subject of the temporal cl., giving the arrangement hlýði viggskrýðendr mér meðan [minnar] varrar telja ‘may horse-adorners [MEN] listen to me while [my] lips declaim’ (note to Sveinbjörn’s transcription of the 624 text in 444(3)ˣ).

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XII]: G [2]. Leiðarvísan 5 (AI, 619; BI, 623); Skald I, 303, NN §1259; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1844, 58, Rydberg 1907, 4-5, Attwood 1996a, 61, 172.

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AM 757 a 4° (B) 10r, 48 - 10r, 50  transcr.  image  image  image  image  
AM 624 4° (624) 86, 5 - 86, 9  image  
JS 399 a-b 4°x (399a-bx) -  
Lbs 444 4°x (444x) -  
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