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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Lil 3VII

Martin Chase (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Lilja 3’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 565-6.

Anonymous PoemsLilja

text and translation

Beiði eg þig, mær og móðir,
mínum að fyrir umsjá þína
renni mál af raddartólum
riettferðugt í vísum sliettum,
skýr og sæt af vörrum várum
vorðin svá, að mætti orðin
laugaz öll í glóanda gulli;
guði væri eg þau skyldr að færa.

Eg beiði þig, mær og móðir, að fyrir þína umsjá renni riettferðugt mál í sliettum vísum af {raddartólum mínum}, skýr og sæt af vörrum várum, vorðin svá, að öll orðin mætti laugaz í glóanda gulli; þau væri eg skyldr að færa guði.
‘I ask you, maiden and mother, that with your overseeing proper speech may flow in smooth verses from my voice-tools [ORGANS OF SPEECH], clear and sweet from our [my] lips, fashioned so that all the words might be washed in shining gold: I would be bound to bring them to God.

notes and context

[5-7]: The syntax is awkward. Guðbrandur Jónsson (1951, 156) reads orðin af vörrum vorum, vorðin svo skýr og sæt, að (þau) öll mætti laugaz í glóanda gulli ‘words from our lips, made so clear and sweet that (they) all might be washed in gleaming gold’. He suggests that laugaz í glóanda gulli refers to the words being written with illuminated letters. Kock (NN §1515) argues that the conjunction svá að joins the first helmingr with the second, and reads svá at orðin af vǫrrum várum, vorðin skýr ok sæt, mætti laugaz... ‘so that the words from our lips, made clear and sweet, might be washed ...’.



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 3: AII, 364, BII, 391, Skald II, 212, NN §1515.


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