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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Lil 13VII

Martin Chase (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Lilja 13’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 577-8.

Anonymous PoemsLilja

text and translation

Út leiðandi af Ádáms síðu
Évam brátt, sem Móises váttar;
vist og æru, vald og ástir
vísa gaf hann þeim paradísar,
þangað til, er þau með einglum
— það er blíðan mest — lifði síðan
með afspringi alt, það er feingi,
ævinliga og þakkir gæfi.

Brátt leiðandi Évam út af síðu Ádáms, sem Móises váttar, gaf hann þeim vísa vist paradísar og æru, vald og ástir, þangað til, er þau síðan lifði ævinliga með einglum með alt það afspringi, er feingi og gæfi þakkir; það er blíðan mest.
‘Quickly leading Eve out of Adam’s side, as Moses attests, he gave them a secure dwelling in paradise and honour, power and love, until they later were to live forever with angels with all the offspring they would beget and [for which they] would give thanks; that is the greatest joy.

notes and context

[3-8]: This st. looks ahead to the redemption of the human race even before the first sin has been committed. Cf. Canticum Ade of Iohannis de Caulibus: Omnia in sapiencia fecisti. Manus tur fecerunt me et plasmauerunt me. Dedisti michi intellectum ut seruarem mandata tua. Posuisti in hoc loco spacioso pedes meos. Omnia michi subiecisti ... Transgressus sum mandatum tuum ... Nam in tribulacione mea inuocaui te et ad te Deum meum clamauit exaudiuit de templo sancto suo uocem meam. Inclinasti celos et descendisti. Et exuisti manum meam de manu inferi, Redemisti me Domine Deus meus. Tenusiti manum dexteram meam et in uoluntate teu deduxisti me et cum gloria suscepisiti me. Quantum distat ortus ab occidente, longe longe fecisti a nobis iniquitates nostras. Eruisti animam meam ut non periret ‘In your wisdom you made all things. Your hands made me and fashioned me. You gave me understanding to keep your commandments. You put my feet down in this spacious place. You subjected all things to me ... I disobeyed your commandments ... in my affliction I called upon you, and to you, my God, I cried out, and from his holy temple he heard my voice. You tilted the heavens and came down. And you snatched my hand from the grip of hell. You have redeemed me, Lord, my God. You held me by my right hand; and by your will you have led me out, and received me with glory. As far as the east is from the west, so far, so far have you removed our iniquities from us. You snatched away my soul so that it would not perish’ (Stallings-Taney 1997, 316; Taney et al. 2000, 297).



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 13: AII, 367, BII, 390-41, Skald II, 214.


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