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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Lil 10VII

Martin Chase (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Lilja 10’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 572-3.

Anonymous PoemsLilja

text and translation

Dagarnir sex að vísu vuxu
veltiligir um sjávarbelti,
áðr en feingi alla prýði
jörð og loft, það er drottinn gjörði:
pressað vatn í himininn hvassa,
hjörn og eld sem merkistjörnur,
hagl og dýr sem fiska og fugla,
fagran plóg sem aldinskóga.

Að vísu vuxu sex dagarnir veltiligir um sjávarbelti, áðr en jörð og loft feingi alla prýði, það er drottinn gjörði: vatn pressað í himininn hvassa, hjörn og eld sem merkistjörnur, hagl og dýr sem fiska og fugla, fagran plóg sem aldinskóga.
‘Truly, the six rolling days spread across the sea-belt, before earth and air received all the glory that the Lord made: the water compressed into the stormy sky, ice and fire as well as fixed stars, hail and animals along with fish and birds, fair crop and fruit-bearing woods.

notes and context

[5-8]: The works of creation are in apposition to prýði, hence the use of the acc. (JH).



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 10: AII, 366, BII, 393, Skald II, 213.


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