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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Lil 14VII

Martin Chase (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Lilja 14’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 579.

Anonymous PoemsLilja

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En að verðleikrinn vís á jörðu
vyrði sök til himna dýrðar,
boðorðið liet fram blíður drottinn;
býður þeim í skyldu að hlýða:
‘Eplið eitt eg banna að bíta
báðum ykkr, en þið munuð ráða,
deyja skuluð, ef efnið eigi
einfalt boð með dyggleik hreinum.’

En að verðleikrinn á jörðu vyrði vís sök til dýrðar himna, liet blíður drottinn boðorðið fram; býður þeim í skyldu að hlýða: ‘Eplið eitt banna eg ykkr báðum að bíta, en þið munuð ráða; skuluð deyja ef eigi efnið einfalt boð með dyggleik hreinum.’
‘And so that their merit on earth should become a sure basis for the glory of the heavens, the kindly Lord propounded the commandment; he commands them to obey dutifully: ‘One apple I forbid you both to take a bite of, but you may decide for yourselves; you must die if you do not keep the single command with pure fidelity.’

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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 14: AII, 367-8, BII, 394, Skald II, 214, NN §§1519, 3310.


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