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Anon Lil 36VII

Martin Chase (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Lilja 36’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 605-6.

Anonymous PoemsLilja
353637

text and translation

Á þrettánda dag til drottins
dýrðarmenn, er ríkjum stýrðu
austr í heim, með offri kómu
ungan mann að prísa á þannveg.
Umrennandi sex að sinnum
sex daga grein og fjórum einum
offraz kaus fyrir oss að vísu
Jésús sjálfr í musteris hválfi.

Á þrettánda dag kómu dýrðarmenn, er stýrðu ríkjum austr í heim, til drottins með offri að prísa ungan mann á þannveg. Að umrennandi grein sex sinnum sex daga og fjórum einum, kaus Jésús sjálfr að vísu offraz fyrir oss í musteris hválfi.
 
‘On the thirteenth day came glorious men, who ruled kingdoms in the eastern part of the world, to the Lord with offering, to honour the young man in that way. When a period of six times six days plus just four more had run its course, Jesus himself indeed chose to be offered for us in the vault of the temple.

notes and context

[1-4]: The story of the visit of the Magi is told in Matt. II.1-8. — [5-6]: The construction + pres. part. is used to express elapsed time. See NS §229 Anm. 2, for analogous examples. The same formula appears in 68/1-2. This st. is corrupt in the ms. tradition, which has likely been influenced by st. 68. The reading given here seems most probable: forty is the number of days between Christmas and the Presentation. Only one late ms. supports the reading fjórum, although eds and translators since Páll Hallsson have adopted it (Páll Hallsson 1773, 20; Finnur Jónsson 1772-8, II, 416; Eiríkur Magnússon 1870, 37; Baumgartner 1884, 51; Wisén 1886-9, I, 92; Skj B; Paasche 1915, 64; Åkerblom 1916, 19; Meissner 1922, 15; Skald; Guðbrandur Jónsson 1951, 84 and 165; Lange 1958b, 63; Einar Bragi 1961; Boucher 1985, 2-10; Gunnar Finnbogason 1988, 49; Ødegård 1980, 49; Taillé 1989, 72). — [5-8]: The story of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple (also called the Purification of Mary) is told in Luke II.22-40.

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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 36: AII, 375, BII, 400, Skald II, 218.

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