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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Lil 53VII

Martin Chase (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Lilja 53’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 623.

Anonymous PoemsLilja

text and translation

Hrækjandi mjög höfuðin skóku
heiðingjar sem Júðar leiðir;
flestir allir flýðu Kristi
fylgdarmenn við storminn þenna.
Minnaz verð eg — má eg ei annað —
móður guðs, er í tárum flóði;
mætti verða, að minna sótta
minnaz vildi hun eitthvert sinni.

Hrækjandi mjög skóku höfuðin, heiðingjar sem leiðir Júðar; flestir allir fylgdarmenn Kristi flýðu við þenna storminn. Eg verð minnaz — má eg ei annað — {móður guðs}, er flóði í tárum; mætti verða, að hun vildi eitthvert sinni minnaz sótta minna.
‘Spitting much, they shook their heads, heathens as well as loathsome Jews; nearly all the followers of Christ fled in the face of that storm. I must remember — I cannot do otherwise — the mother of God [= Mary] who was flooded with tears; it could come about that she would at some time want to be mindful of my sorrows.

notes and context

[3-4]: The disciples fled when Jesus was arrested (Matt. XXVI.56, Mark XIV.50).



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 53: AII, 380, BII, 404, Skald II, 221.


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