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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anonymous Poems (Anon)

VII. Lausavísa on Lawgiving (Law) - 1

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Lausavísa on Lawgiving — Anon LawVII

Jonathan Grove 2007, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Lausavísa on Lawgiving’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 965-6.


SkP info: VII, 966

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1 — Anon Law 1VII

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Cite as: Jonathan Grove (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Lausavísa on Lawgiving 1’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 966.

Lögmaðr skyldi röskr og riettr,
riettligr er það lögmanns stiettr;
mun þykkja lýðnum liettr,
er lögin segir, þá er hann er friettr.
Móyses kunni lögmáls list,
leingi talaði hann við Krist;
trautt fær mannfólk laganna mist;
minn guð fái oss himna vist.


The lawman should be brave and true, that is the lawman’s proper way; he will appear gracious to the people, who speaks the law, when he is asked. Moses was skilled in the art of law-giving, he spoke for a long time with Christ; unwillingly does mankind lose the laws; may my God give us an abode in the heavens.

context: The poem is inserted as a coda at the end of the Bæjarlǫg of Bergen.

notes: The st. is composed in the hneptr ‘cropped’ form of hrynhent, in which the conventional octosyllabic l. is shortened by one syllable. The stressed monosyllabic cadences in the four ll. of each helmingr are connected by end-rhyme, in the pattern defined by Snorri Sturluson as minni runhent ‘lesser rhyming metre’ (cf. SnSt Ht 90-1III; SnE 1999, 36). — [4]: The initial rel. particle er ‘who’ is extrametrical.

editions: Skj [Anonyme digte og vers XIV]: A. 10. Løse vers 3 (norsk? - AII, 463; BII, 496); Skald II, 271, NN §1632; NGL IV, 400.


GKS 3260 4° (3260) 58rb, 27 - 58rb, 34 (Bl)  transcr.  image  
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