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Anon Lil 26VII

Martin Chase (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Lilja 26’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 592-3.

Anonymous PoemsLilja
252627

text and translation

Eingin sé eg, að jarðlig tunga,
inn háleiti stjörnu reitar
drottinn, þier, sem verðugt væri,
vandað fái nú stef til handa.
Sie þier dýrð með sannri prýði
sunginn heiðr af öllum tungum
eilífliga með sigri og sælu;
sæmd og vald það minkaz aldri.

Eg sé, {inn háleiti drottinn {reitar stjörnu}}, að eingin jarðlig tunga fái nú vandað stef þier til handa, sem verðugt væri. Sie þier dýrð með sannri prýði, heiðr sunginn af öllum tungum, eilífliga með sigri og sælu; sæmd og það vald minkaz aldri.
 
‘I see, the sublime Lord of the path of the star [SKY/HEAVEN > = God], that no earthly tongue could now work out a stef for you that would be worthy. Let there be to you glory with true beauty, honour sung from all tongues, eternally with victory and blessing; honour and that power will never be diminished.

notes and context

This st. begins the section of stefjabálkar. There is a cross within a square in the left-hand margin of fol. 114rb of Bb marking the beginning of the first stef at l. 5. — [5-8]: The stef is reminiscent of Rev. V.11-13: et vidi et audivi vocem angelorum multorum in circuitu throni et animalium et seniorum et erat numerus eorum milia milium dicentium voce magna dignus est agnus qui occisus est accipere virtutem et divinitatem et sapientiam et fortitudinem et honorem et gloriam et benedictionem … audivi dicentes sedenti in throno et agno benedictio et honor et gloria et potestas in saecula saeculorum ‘And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the living creatures and the ancients (and the number of them was thousands of thousands), Saying with a loud voice: The Lamb that was slain is worthy to receive power and divinity and wisdom and strength and honour and glory and benediction ... I heard all saying: To him that sitteth on the throne and to the Lamb, benediction and honour and glory and power, for ever and ever’ (cf. Hið Nya Testament 1540 [Sigurður Nordal 1933]: Lof, heiður og dýrð og vald um aldir og að eilífu) and 1 Chr. XXIX.11: tua est Domine magnificentia et potentia et gloria atque victoria et tibi laus cuncta enim quae in caelo sunt et in terra tua sunt tuum Domine regnum et tu es super omnes principes ‘Thine, O Lord, is magnificence, and power, and glory, and victory: and to thee is praise: for all that is in heaven, and in earth, is thine: thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art above all princes’.

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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 26: AII, 372, BII, 397, Skald II, 216.

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