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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Lil 67VII

Martin Chase (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Lilja 67’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 639.

Anonymous PoemsLilja

text and translation

Síðan reis með sigri af dauða
sunnudag og gjörði kunnan
sinn ódauðleik mörgum manni
mildin sjálf, þó að deyja vildi.
Tvennar gieingu tvisvar sinnum
tíu dægranna rásir hægar,
áðr en upp yfir himnahæðir
hæfi hann blóð, það er tók af móður.

Síðan reis mildin sjálf með sigri af dauða sunnudag og gjörði kunnan ódauðleik sinn mörgum manni, þó að vildi deyja. Tvisvar sinnum tvennar hægar rásir tíu dægranna gieingu, áðr en hann hæfi blóð, það er tók af móður, upp yfir himnahæðir.
‘Then rose goodness itself with victory from death on a Sunday and made known his immortality to many a man, though he had chosen to die [lit. wanted to die]. Two times two calm streams of ten days passed, before he would raise the blood, which he took from his mother, up over the heights of the heavens.

notes and context

[1-2]: The Sunday Letter tradition represented by Leið celebrates Sunday as the day of the Resurrection; see especially  Leið 31. — [5-6]: A reference to the forty days between the Resurrection and the Ascension of Jesus (Acts I.3).



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 67: AII, 384-5, BII, 408, Skald II, 223.


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