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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Lil 59VII

Martin Chase (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Lilja 59’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 629.

Anonymous PoemsLilja

text and translation

Eg segi riett, að einginn mætti
ógrátandi vörrum láta,
Jésú minn, ef letrið læsi,
linhjartaðr, af píslum þínum,
því að náttúran æpti af ótta
öll skjálfandi, en himnar sjálfir
týndu ljós, þá er berr var bundinn;
bifaðiz hauðr í þínum dauða.

Eg segi riett, að einginn mætti láta vörrum ógrátandi, Jésú minn, ef, linhjartaðr, læsi letrið af píslum þínum, því að náttúran æpti af ótta, öll skjálfandi, en himnar sjálfir týndu ljós, þá er var bundinn berr; hauðr bifaðiz í dauða þínum.
‘I say rightly that no one could speak without weeping, my Jesus, if, tenderhearted, he were to read the record of your sufferings, because nature cried out with fear, all quaking, and the heavens themselves lost light, when you were bound naked; the earth trembled at your death.

notes and context

Cf. descriptions of the Crucifixion in Has 26 and Líkn 15-19. — [5-8]: The reaction of nature to the death of Jesus is recounted in Matt. XXVII.45, 51, Mark XV.33, 38, and Luke XXIII.44-6.



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 59: AII, 382, BII, 406, Skald II, 222.


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