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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Lil 37VII

Martin Chase (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Lilja 37’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 606-7.

Anonymous PoemsLilja

text and translation

Vígðiz oss, þá er vatni dögðiz,
valdr himnanna á þrítugsaldri,
í Jórdán við æðar hreinar;
Jón baptista drottni þjónar.
Þessi ástvinr Jésú Kristi
er nú váttr, er þann dag mátti
sjá skínandi á grænni grundu
guðs þrenning með lýðum kennaz.

{Valdr himnanna} vígðiz oss á þrítugsaldri, þá er dögðiz vatni, við æðar hreinar í Jórdán; Jón baptista þjónar drottni. Þessi {ástvinr Jésú Kristi} er nú váttr, er þann dag mátti sjá þrenning guðs, skínandi á grænni grundu kennaz með lýðum.
‘The ruler of the heavens [= God (= Christ)] consecrated himself to us at the age of thirty, when he was sprinkled with water by the pure springs in the Jordan; John the baptist serves the Lord. This, the belovedfriend of Jesus Christ [= John], is now the witness, who that day could see God’s Trinity, shining on the green earth, make itself known among men.

notes and context

The story of the Baptism of Jesus is told in Matt. III.13-17, Mark I.9-11, and Luke III.21-2. In liturgical tradition the Baptism is celebrated together with the visit of the Magi on the Feast of the Epiphany, so this st. follows logically on the preceding.



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 37: AII, 375, BII, 400, Skald II, 218, NN §3313.


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