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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Lil 47VII

Martin Chase (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Lilja 47’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 617-18.

Anonymous PoemsLilja

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Þetta sér hann fjandi, að fættiz
fólkið hans, og líz það vansi,
dæmin góð að vaxa víða;
verri brögð og lýtin þverra.
Púkinn kvaldr og þeygi þoldi
þenna leik, er hafðan kennir,
því flýtandi sínar sveitir
synda brjót að drepa sem skjótast.

Hann fjandi sér þetta, að fólkið hans fættiz, og líz það vansi, að góð dæmin vaxa víða; verri brögð og lýtin þverra. Kvaldr púkinn og þoldi þeygi þenna leik, er kennir hafðan, flýtandi því sveitir sínar að drepa {brjót synda} sem skjótast.
‘The enemy sees this, that his army grows smaller, and it seems to him a shame that good examples grow widely; worse tricks and sins diminish. The devil [is] tormented and by no means would accept this contest, which he recognises has been held, [and] therefore hastens [lit. hastening] his troops to kill the breaker of sins [= God (= Christ)] as quickly as possible.

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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 47: AII, 378-9, BII, 402-3, Skald II, 220, NN 1524.


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