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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Lil 64VII

Martin Chase (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Lilja 64’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 635-6.

Anonymous PoemsLilja

text and translation

Sé eg ei þann, að út megi inna
orðasnild, þó gjarna vildi,
alla gleði, þá er fekk að fullu
forn Ádám í Jésú kvámu,
sjálfr hann einn þvíað batt með bölvi
börn sín öll í dauðans pínu,
en nú leysti oss öll ór banni
eitt hans barn, er miskunn veitti.

Eg sé ei þann, að megi inna út orðasnild, þó vildi gjarna, alla gleði, þá er forn Ádám fekk að fullu í kvámu Jésú, þvíað hann sjálfr batt einn öll börn sín með bölvi í pínu dauðans, en nú leysti eitt barn, hans er veitti miskunn, oss öll ór banni.
‘I do not see the one who could utter forth eloquent speech, much as he would like to, all the joy that old Adam experienced in full at the coming of Jesus, because he himself alone bound all his children with a curse to the torments of death, but now one of his children, who granted mercy, loosed us all from the ban.

notes and context

Cf. Canticum Ade pro se et generacione sva ‘Canticle of Adam for himself and his progeny’ in the Meditaciones Vite Christi of Iohannis de Caulibus (Stallings-Taney 1997, 316-17; Taney 200, 297). The poet imagines the joy and relief experienced by Adam as he sees the undoing of the universal curse for which he is responsible. The theme of the typological relationship between Adam and Christ stems from Paul’s theology: et sicut in Adam omnes moriuntur ita et in Christo omnes vivificabuntur ‘and as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all shall be made alive’ (1 Cor. XV.22).



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 64: AII, 383-4, BII, 407, Skald II, 222.


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