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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Lil 24VII

Martin Chase (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Lilja 24’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 590-1.

Anonymous PoemsLilja

text and translation

Nær og firr með skygnleik skýrum
skapandi alt með syni og anda
föðurpersónan, eingli einum
erindi býðr, en þessi hlýðir:
‘Fljúg, og seg það Máríu meyju
mætri, þeirri er eg skal gæta,
minn einkason holdi hennar
hlýðinnar vill björtu skrýðaz.’

Föðurpersónan, skapandi með syni og anda alt nær og firr með skýrum skygnleik, býðr einum eingli erindi, en þessi hlýðir: ‘Fljúg, og seg það mætri meyju Máríu, þeirri er eg skal gæta, minn einkason vill skrýðaz hennar, hlýðinnar, björtu holdi.’
‘The Father-person, creating with the Son and the Spirit everything near and far with clear vision, assigns an angel a mission, which he obeys: ‘Fly and say to the worthy maiden Mary, to the one whom I shall care for, [that] my only son wants to clothe himself with her, the obedient one’s, bright flesh.’

notes and context

[7-8]: Cf. 29/7-8.



Text is based on reconstruction from the base text and variant apparatus and may contain alternative spellings and other normalisations not visible in the manuscript text. Transcriptions may not have been checked and should not be cited.

editions and texts

Skj: Eysteinn Ásgrímsson, Lilja 24: AII, 371, BII, 396-7, Skald II, 216.


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