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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anonymous Poems (Anon)

VII. Líknarbraut (Líkn) - 52

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

George S. Tate 2007, ‘ Anonymous, Líknarbraut’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 228-86. <> (accessed 18 May 2022)

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

SkP info: VII, 236

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6 — Anon Líkn 6VII

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Cite as: George S. Tate (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Líknarbraut 6’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 236.

Þann, er af mínum munni
margr til andar bjargar
sér megi randa rýrir
röðuls framkvæmdan öðlaz.
S… látattu sveitir,
siðskjótr, af því hljóta
gumna kind at grandi,
guð minn, laga þinna.

Þann er {margr rýrir {randa röðuls}} megi öðlaz sér til andar bjargar framkvæmdan af mínum munni. Minn guð, siðskjótr, látattu sveitir hljóta af því s… þinna laga, at grandi kind gumna.

Such [fruit] that {many a destroyer {of shields’ sun}} [SWORDS > WARRIOR] might gain benefit from for his soul’s salvation [produced] from my mouth. My God, quick to promote virtue, let not men suffer from it [a perversion?] of your laws, to the injury of the race of men.

Mss: B(11v), 399a-bˣ

Readings: [4] framkvæmdan: framkvæmd B, 399a‑bˣ;    öðlaz: so 399a‑bˣ, ‘o᷎dl[...]z’ B    [5] S…: ‘s[...]’ B, 399a‑bˣ    [7] at grandi: ‘at gra[...]e’ B, ‘at granḍẹ’ corrected from ‘af granḍẹ’ 399a‑bˣ    [8] þinna: ‘þ[...]a’ B, ‘þịṇṇạ’ 399a‑bˣ

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII], C. 1. Líknarbraut 6: AII, 151, BII, 161, Skald II, 86, NN §§1387-8; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1844, 36-7, Rydberg 1907, 12, 48, Tate 1974, 51.

Notes: [1] þann ‘such [fruit]’: The demonstrative pron. refers back to ávöxt ‘fruit’ (5/5). Snorri Sturluson calls such a concatenation of sts langlokum ‘with late conclusions’ or ‘with long enclosings’ (SnE 1999, 10-11, 124 and cf. SnSt Ht 14-15III). — [4] framkvæmdan: As it stands, the l. is unmetrical and must have had an unstressed syllable after -kvæmd. For this reason, Skj B emends to framkvæmdan ‘obtained, produced’ (cf. LP: framkvæmðr, adj. only occurrence). Skald follows Sveinbjörn Egilsson, giving framkvæmð ‘furtherance (båtnad)’, and adds an enclitic of before ǫðlaz (cf. NN §1387); this is unmetrical. — [4] öðlaz: Restoration of ‘a’ based upon 399a-bˣ. — [5] s...: Lacuna in B; a minim follows ‘s’, with perhaps the tip of a second (suggesting possible ‘u’). Judging from the space, the missing word is probably monosyllabic but could be disyllabic, in which case the suffixed pron. of látattu ‘let not’ would be dropped. (A suffixed 2nd pers. pron. is otherwise only metrically necessary in 5/1.) Sveinbjörn Egilsson conjectures svík, a nominal form of svíkja ‘to betray’; cf. Rydberg sveik (or sút ‘sorrow, affliction’). Skj B does not try to supply the missing letters, but speculates that the damaged word might mean ‘punishment’. Skald (cf. NN §1388) posits svarf (from svarfa [sverfa?] ‘to bring something out of its proper position’, i.e., here, a wrenching or twisting of the law). This proposal seems reasonable; hence ‘perversion’. As Kock (Skald) observes, the st. juxtaposes the good effects of inspired poetry (in the first helmingr) with the possible evil effects (in the second) if the poet’s prayer for divine help goes unanswered. — [6] af því ‘from it, on its account’: Lacks a noun antecedent; kvæði ‘poem’ is understood.

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