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VII. Líknarbraut (Líkn) - 52

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Líknarbraut (‘The Way of Grace’) — Anon LíknVII

George S. Tate 2007, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Líknarbraut’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 228-86.

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Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: C. 1. Líknarbraut (AII, 150-9, BII, 160-74)

SkP info: VII, 258-9

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28 — Anon Líkn 28VII

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Cite as: George S. Tate (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Líknarbraut 28’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 258-9.

Heim laðar hvern frá dómi
himins fyrða til dýrðar
— gipt þrýtrat þá — gætir
glyggranns með sér dyggra;
en veglausum vísar
vándum lýð til fjánda
birtiranns at brenna
byrjar valdr of aldir.

{Gætir {glyggranns}} laðar hvern dyggra fyrða heim með sér frá dómi til himins dýrðar; gipt þrýtrat þá; en {valdr {birtiranns byrjar}} vísar veglausum vándum lýð til fjánda at brenna of aldir.

{The guardian {of the storm-house}} [SKY/HEAVEN > = God (= Christ)] invites each of the faithful men home with him from the Judgement to heaven’s glory; grace will not fail then; but {the ruler {of the radiant house of the wind}} [SKY/HEAVEN > = God (= Christ)] consigns the inglorious, wicked host to devils to burn forever.

Mss: B(11v), 399a-bˣ

Readings: [1] frá: so 399a‑bˣ, ‘[...]a’ B    [2] til: ‘[...]’ B, ṭil 399a‑bˣ    [4] glyggranns: so 399a‑bˣ, ‘g[...]ýggrannz’ B    [6] vándum lýð: ‘vo᷎nnd[...]ýd’ B, ‘vo᷎nndụṃ ḷýð’ 399a‑bˣ

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII], C. 1. Líknarbraut 28: AII, 155, BII, 167, Skald II, 88; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1844, 43-4, Rydberg 1907, 16, 50, Tate 1974, 73.

Notes: [All]: On the division of the multitudes at the Last Judgement, see Has 36-9 and the Icel. homily on All Saints (HómÍsl 1993, 21v; HómÍsl 1872, 45); the fullest ON account, based largely on Matt. XXV.32-46, is the ONorw. homily on Doomsday (HómNo, 168-71). — [1] laðar hvern ... heim frá dómi ‘invites each ... home from the Judgement’: Cf. Leið 45/5 and Lil 68/8. — [3-4] gætir glyggranns ‘guardian of the storm-house [SKY/HEAVEN > = God (= Christ)]’: The source of glyggrann may be Mark Frag 1/2III where the glygg- : dygg- rhyme also occurs. The full kenning (with gætir) is repeated in Mdr 21/1. — [5] veglausum (m. dat. sg.) ‘inglorious’: Possibly also ‘pathless, lacking the way’, appropriate given the poem’s emphasis on ‘way’: vegr (sometimes, as here, ambiguously ‘glory’ or ‘path’) and braut ‘way’, as in the title; i.e. those found to be without glory or honour are those who have abandoned ‘the way of grace’ (see Note to 51/4). — [6] vándum lýð ‘wicked host’: Restoration based upon 399a-bˣ; initial vowel (<o᷎> in B) adjusted for rhyme and sense by all eds.

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