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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Lil 40VII

Martin Chase (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Lilja 40’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 610-11.

Anonymous PoemsLilja

text and translation

‘Jésúm tígna eingla rásir
upp og niðr af himni þriðja;
stjörnuljós og færðar fórnir,
friðar samband á hverju landi,
slík afla mier sóttarauka,
sönn stórmerkin veitt hjá mönnum;
kvíðig, að hans remming ráða
ríði mier að báðum síðum.

‘Rásir eingla tígna Jésúm upp og niðr af þriðja himni; stjörnuljós og færðar fórnir, samband friðar á hverju landi, slík sönn stórmerkin veitt hjá mönnum afla mier sóttarauka; kvíðig, að remming ráða hans ríði mier að báðum síðum.
‘‘Hosts of angels honour Jesus [travelling] up and down from the third heaven; starlight and presented offerings, union of peace in every land, such true signs granted among men cause me an increase of woe; I fear that his strengthening through counsels will press me from all [lit. both] sides.

notes and context

[1-3]: Cf. Mar 1871, 186, 479 and Note to st. 39. — [3-4]: These ll. could also be taken (so Skj B and Skald) as in apposition with rásir eingla ‘hosts of angels’ (l. 1), so that starlight, offerings and peace worship Jesus along with the angels. This interpretation allows l. 4 to begin a new main cl.



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 40: AII, 376, BII, 401, Skald II, 218.


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