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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Lil 81VII

Martin Chase (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Lilja 81’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 653-4.

Anonymous PoemsLilja

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Laust aldrigi lát mig, Kristi,
lastavinds í byljakasti;
tyfta mitt og tem sem oftast
tendrað brjóst með líknar vendi,
svá að grátandi fúss að fótum,
faðir skínandi, krjúpa eg þínum
hvert það sinn, er eg kulda kenni
í kostalausu glæpa frosti.

Lát mig aldrigi laust, Kristi, í byljakasti lastavinds; tyfta og tem sem oftast tendrað brjóst mitt með vendi líknar, svá að eg grátandi krjúpa fúss að fótum þínum, skínandi faðir, hvert það sinn, er eg kenni kulda í kostalausu frosti glæpa.
‘Never let me loose, Christ, in the sudden squall of the wind of vices; chastise and tame as often as possible my burning breast with the rod of mercy, so that, weeping, I may eagerly kneel at your feet, shining father, every time I experience cold in the barren frost of sins.

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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 81: AII, 389, BII, 411, Skald II, 225.


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