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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Lil 43VII

Martin Chase (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Lilja 43’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 613-14.

Anonymous PoemsLilja

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‘Mier virðiz, sem miklu hærra
mætur guði hann Ádám sæti,
áðr eg sveik þau Évun bæði
ærusnauð í myrkr og dauða.
Satt er, að fæstir sjá við prettum;
svá mun enn um Jésúm þenna,
því treystumz eg framt að freista;
forðum hefir eg slægvitr vorðið.’

‘Mier virðiz, sem hann Ádám, mætur guði, sæti miklu hærra, áðr eg sveik þau Évun bæði, ærusnauð í myrkr og dauða. Satt er, að fæstir sjá við prettum; svá mun enn um þenna Jésúm, því treystumz eg að freista framt; forðum hefir eg vorðið slægvitr.’
‘‘It seems to me that this Adam, dear to God, sat much higher, before I betrayed the two of them, him and Eve bereft of honour, in darkness and death. It is true that very few watch out for deceit; it will go likewise for this Jesus; therefore I trust that I can tempt boldly; in the past I have shown myself to be wily of mind.’

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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 43: AII, 377, BII, 401-2, Skald II, 219, NN §§1522, 1523.


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