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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Lil 70VII

Martin Chase (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Lilja 70’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 641-2.

Anonymous PoemsLilja

text and translation

Enn mun koma í öðru sinni
allsvaldandi kóngr að gjalda
seggja ferðum sínar gerðir
sómaörr á efsta dómi.
Svá geisar þá eldr og eisa
jörð og fjöll, að í heimi öllum
eigi finz hier upp ór skýjum
óbrunnið og niðr að grunnum.

Enn mun allsvaldandi kóngr koma, sómaörr, í öðru sinni á efsta dómi að gjalda ferðum seggja gerðir sínar. Þá geisar eldr og eisa svá jörð og fjöll, að í öllum heimi finz eigi óbrunnið hier upp ór skýjum og niðr að grunnum.
‘Again the all-ruling king will come, generous with honour, a second time, at the Last Judgement, to repay crowds of men for their deeds. Then fire and flames will so rage over earth and mountains, that in all the world there is nothing unburned there up above the clouds and down on the ground.

notes and context

Cf. Has 31. — [5-8]: An allusion to 2 Pet. III.12, which describes Dei diei per quam caeli ardentes solventur et elementa ignis ardore tabescent ‘[the coming] of the day of the Lord, by which the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with the burning heat of fire’. Cf. the liturgical sequence Dies irae: Dies irae, dies illa / solvet saeclum in favilla ‘On the day of wrath, that day will the whole world be reduced to embers’ (AH 54, 269).



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 70: AII, 385-6, BII, 408, Skald II, 223, NN §§2631, 2995 C.


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