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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Lil 63VII

Martin Chase (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Lilja 63’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 634-5.

Anonymous PoemsLilja

text and translation

Signað ljós, hinn sæti Jésú,
sannr lífgari dauðra manna,
dragðu mig frá djöfla bygðum,
drottinn blíðr, og halt mier síðan.
Æfinliga með lyftum lófum,
lof ræðandi, á knie sín bæði
skepnan öll er skyld að falla,
skapari minn, fyrir ásjón þinni.

Signað ljós, hinn sæti Jésú, {sannr lífgari dauðra manna}, dragðu mig frá djöfla bygðum, blíðr drottinn, og halt mier síðan. Æfinliga með lyftum lófum, er öll skepnan, ræðandi lof, skyld að falla á bæði knie sín, skapari minn, fyrir ásjón þinni.
‘Blessed light, the sweet Jesus, true life-giver of dead men [= God (= Christ)], draw me from devils’ abodes, gentle Lord, and keep me henceforth. Unceasingly, with lifted hands, uttering praise, all creation should fall on both its knees, my Creator, before your face.

notes and context

[5-8]: The second repetition of the second stef.



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 63: AII, 383, BII, 407, Skald II, 222.


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