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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Lil 17VII

Martin Chase (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Lilja 17’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 583-4.

Anonymous PoemsLilja

text and translation

Liettliga þar — svá ljósin vátta
liettleika í svaranna reikan —
því treystiz hann framt að freista
flærðum settr og talar með prettum:
‘Eigi munu þið Ádám deyja
andlitshvít, þóað eplið bítið,
heldur munuð með heiðr og valdi
hosk og rík við guðdóm líkjaz.’

Liettliga þar — svá vátta ljósin liettleika í reikan svaranna —, treystiz hann því, settr flærðum, að freista framt og talar með prettum: ‘Munu, þið, Ádám, andlitshvít eigi deyja, þóað bítið eplið, heldur, hosk og rík, munuð líkjaz við guðdóm með heiðr og valdi.’
‘Easily there — thus the lights affirm the levity in the wavering of her replies —, he dared this, filled with deceit, to tempt impertinently and speaks with tricks: ‘You and Adam, bright of face, will not die, though you eat the apple, rather, wise and powerful, you will be like the Godhead with honour and might.’

notes and context

See Note on st. 15. — [1-2]: See Note on 16/7-8.



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 17: AII, 369, BII, 394-5, Skald II, 214-5, NN §§1513, 1520.


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