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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Lil 51VII

Martin Chase (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Lilja 51’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 620-1.

Anonymous PoemsLilja

text and translation

Yfirmeistarinn allra lista,
Jésús góðr, er lífgar þjóðir,
veittu mier að stilla og stýra,
steflig orð megi tungan efla.
Æfinliga með lyftum lófum,
lof ræðandi, á knie sín bæði
skepnan öll er skyld að falla,
skapari minn, fyrir ásjón þinni.

Yfirmeistarinn allra lista, Jésús góðr, er lífgar þjóðir, veittu mier að stilla og stýra, tungan megi efla steflig orð. Æfinliga með lyftum lófum er öll skepnan, ræðandi lof, skyld að falla á bæði knie sín, skapari minn, fyrir ásjón þinni.
‘Highest master of all arts, good Jesus, who gives people life, grant me to compose and arrange, [that] my tongue might be able to command words for a stef. Unceasingly, with lifted hands, uttering praise, all creation should fall on both its knees, my Creator, before your face.

notes and context

This st., the midpoint of the drápa, introduces the second stef. Paasche comments (1957, 534-5) that form and content here fall together: the structural midpoint of the poem describes the midpoint and turning point of salvation history. Christ is on the Cross, time is suspended, and everything hangs in balance. The second half of the drápa begins like a new poem with a ‘topic of the exordium’ (Curtius 1953, 85-9), a prayer for eloquence (cf. st. 2). — [7-8]: Cf. Arngr Gd 56/7-8IV skepnan öll verðr skyld at halda | ... sínum vilja ‘all creation is obliged to observe ... his will’.



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 51: AII, 379-80, BII, 403-4, Skald II, 220.


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