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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Lil 78VII

Martin Chase (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Lilja 78’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 650-1.

Anonymous PoemsLilja

text and translation

Festiz og með fjúki lasta
frost ágirni mier í brjósti;
græðgi drep með glæpum auðgum
grefz hier inn með krókum stinnum.
Hræðiliga með blindri blíðu
blekkiz hold af dauðans flekkum;
heldr af slíku ætti eg aldri
ugglauss vera, þó að miskunn huggi.

Frost ágirni festiz og í brjósti mier með fjúki lasta; drep græðgi með auðgum glæpum grefz inn hier með stinnum krókum. Með blindri blíðu blekkiz hold hræðiliga af flekkum dauðans; heldr ætti eg aldri vera ugglauss af slíku, þó að miskunn huggi.
‘The frost of greed settles also in my breast with a snowdrift of vices; the rot of gluttony with abundant crimes digs in here with strong hooks. With blind delight flesh is cheated dreadfully by the stains of death; indeed I ought never be unafraid of such things, even though mercy should offer comfort.

notes and context

This st. deals with the remaining sins of avarice (ágirni), gluttony (græðgi), and lust (blíða). — [7-8]: Cf. the verbal parallel in Has 46/5-8: Þjóð mun sýna síðan | slœmr miskunnar dœmi | – ek skylda þó aldri | ugglauss – þaus mik hugga ‘The slœmr will then show people examples of mercy, which comfort me, although I ought never [be] without fear’.



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 78: AII, 388, BII, 410, Skald II, 225.


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