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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Sól 75VII

Carolyne Larrington and Peter Robinson (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Sólarljóð 75’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 349.

Anonymous PoemsSólarljóð

text and translation

Inn mátki faðir,        inn mæzti sonr,
        heilagr andi himins!
Þik bið ek skilja,        sem skapat hefr,
        oss alla eymðum frá.

Inn mátki faðir, inn mæzti sonr, heilagr andi himins! Ek bið þik, sem hefr skapat, skilja oss alla frá eymðum.
‘Mighty Father, most glorious Son, Holy Spirit of heaven! I ask you who have created [us] to release us all from miseries.

notes and context

There are a number of metrical and alliterative irregularities affecting this st., as it is presented in 166bˣ and other early modern mss. Probably as a result of scribal awareness of these irregularities, several later mss present texts that correct them, and these readings have been adopted here, in ll. 2, 4 and 6. — [2]: 166bˣ’s ‘mestr sonr’ is unmetrical; adopting the weak form of the adj., preceded by the def. art. inn, restores metrical regularity to the l.



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: Anonyme digte og vers [XII], G [6]. Sólarljóð 75: AI, 639, BI, 647, Skald I, 315; Bugge 1867, 368-9, Falk 1914, 5, Björn M. Ólsen 1915, 22, Fidjestøl 1979, 70, Njörður Njarðvík 1991, 99, Njörður Njarðvík 1993, 81, 145.


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