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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Lil 8VII

Martin Chase (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Lilja 8’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 570-1.

Anonymous PoemsLilja

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Fýstiz hann með ofsa æstum
að viðrlíkjaz yfrið ríkum
guðs eingetnum syni, en síðan,
sier nægjandi en eingum vægja.
Fúll metnaðrinn er með öllu;
óvarliga, svá ritning próvar;
ætlar sier við dýran drottin
deila megni, hversu er vegnar.

Með æstum ofsa fýstiz hann að viðrlíkjaz {guðs yfrið ríkum eingetnum syni}, en síðan, nægjandi sier, en vægja eingum. Fúll metnaðrinn er óvarliga með öllu; svá próvar ritning; ætlar sier deila megni við dýran drottin, hversu er vegnar.
‘With raging hubris he wanted to match himself with God’s abundantly powerful only-begotten son [= Christ], and then, sufficient to himself, to yield to no one. Foul presumption is utterly careless; thus Scripture proves; he intends to pit his strength against the splendid Lord however it turns out.

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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 8: AII, 365-6, BII, 392, Skald II, 213, NN §3308.


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