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Anon Lil 22VII

Martin Chase (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Lilja 22’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 588-9.

Anonymous PoemsLilja
212223

text and translation

Veitt er líf, það er varð, er mátti;
veitt er líf, það er Ádám neitti;
sú miskunn á settum tíma
sendiz fram af guðdóms hendi,
ljós í heim að lifanda kæmi;
lifandi víst og kvaldar andir
tæki burt ór djöfla díki;
dýrð einglanna slíku stýrði.

Veitt er líf, það er varð, er mátti; veitt er líf, það er Ádám neitti; sú miskunn sendiz fram á settum tíma af hendi guðdóms, að lifanda ljós kæmi í heim; tæki burt víst lifandi og kvaldar andir ór djöfla díki. Dýrð einglanna stýrði slíku.
 
‘Life is given, that which came into being when it had to; life is given, that which Adam refused; that mercy was sent forth at the appointed time from the hand of the Godhead, so that a living light might come into the world; it would take away truly living and tormented souls from the devils’ pit; the glory of angels controlled such [a thing].

notes and context

The order of sts 22 and 23 is reversed in Bb. — [8]: A reference to the archangels Gabriel, who brought the message of salvation to the world at the Annunciation, and Michael, who in visual representations of the Last Judgement traditionally assists Christ by weighing souls in a balance (see e.g. Gad 1966, 616-20).

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editions and texts

Skj: Eysteinn Ásgrímsson, Lilja 22: AII, 370, BII, 396, Skald II, 215, NN §3311.

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