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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Lil 32VII

Martin Chase (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Lilja 32’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 600.

Anonymous PoemsLilja

text and translation

Hjörtun játi; falli og fljóti
fagnaðarlaug af hvers manns augum;
æ þakkandi miskunn mjúka
minn drottinn, í holdgan þinni;
Sie þier dýrð með sannri prýði,
sunginn heiðr af öllum tungum
eilífliga með sigri og sælu;
sæmd og vald það minkaz aldri.

Hjörtun játi; {fagnaðarlaug} falli og fljóti af hvers manns augum, æ þakkandi mjúka miskunn í holdgan þinni, drottinn minn. Sie þier dýrð með sannri prýði, heiðr sunginn af öllum tungum, eilífliga með sigri og sælu; sæmd og það vald minkaz aldri.
‘Let hearts confess; let a hot spring of joy [TEARS] fall and flow from every man’s eyes, forever thanking mild mercy in your Incarnation, my Lord. 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

[5-8]: The second iteration of the stef introduced at st. 26. Most mss abbreviate the ll., but Vb, 41ˣ and 4892 have them in full. The scribe of Bb adds a cross within a square immediately after his abbreviated l. 5, within the body of the text column, not in the margin.



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 32: AII, 374, BII, 399, Skald II, 217.


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