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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Lil 25VII

Martin Chase (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Lilja 25’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 591.

Anonymous PoemsLilja

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Móðir oss er Máría þessi,
mektarblóm en full af sóma,
glæsilig sem roðnuð rósa
runnin upp við lifandi brunna,
rót ilmandi lítillætis,
logandi öll með skírleiks anda,
guði unnandi og góðum mönnum,
guði líkjandi í dygðum slíkum.

Þessi Máría, mektarblóm en full af sóma, er móðir oss, glæsilig sem roðnuð rósa runnin upp við lifandi brunna, ilmandi rót lítillætis, öll logandi með anda skírleiks, unnandi guði og góðum mönnum, líkjandi guði í slíkum dygðum.
‘This Mary, flower of might and full of honour, is a mother to us, magnificent as a reddened rose sprung up beside living springs, the fragrant root of humility, all aflame with the spirit of purity, loving God and good people, like God in such virtues.

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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 25: AII, 371, BII, 397, Skald II, 216.


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