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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Lil 52VII

Martin Chase (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Lilja 52’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 621-2.

Anonymous PoemsLilja

text and translation

Er æ minnilig eftirdæmi
yfirvaldanda himins og landa;
hneigði nú sinn háls og beygði
hverjum þræl, er lysti að berja,
fátalaðr með lítillæti,
lágraustaðr með ásjón fagri,
svá bjóðandi sínum dauða
sína önd fyrir nauðsyn mína.

Eftirdæmi {yfirvaldanda himins og landa} er æ minnilig; hneigði nú háls sinn og beygði hverjum þræl, er lysti að berja, fátalaðr með lítillæti, lágraustaðr með fagri ásjón, svá bjóðandi önd sína sínum dauða fyrir nauðsyn mína.
‘The example of the supreme ruler of heaven and lands [= God (= Christ)] is forever memorable; he now bent his neck and bowed before every slave who desired to strike, saying little with humility, softly spoken with a fair face, thus offering his soul in his death on account of my need.

notes and context

[6]: The rhyme is between lágr- and fagr-. For other examples of full rhyme between long and short vowels, see the use of dýrð in 14/2, 68/8, and 74/2. JH notes that the poet sporadically shortens vowels preceding a consonant cluster.



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 52: AII, 380, BII, 404, Skald II, 220, NN §§2629F, 3397F.


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