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Anon Lil 83VII

Martin Chase (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Lilja 83’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 655-6.

Anonymous PoemsLilja
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text and translation

Lífið sjálft, að luktri æfi
leys mitt bann fyrir iðran sanna;
óléo smurður, vænti, að eg verða
viðrkennandi mjúkleik þenna.
Hreinast gief þú hjarta mínu
hold og blóð, það er tókt af móður,
listuliga að leiðarnesti;
leysiz önd af holdsins böndum.

Lífið sjálft, leys bann mitt að luktri æfi fyrir sanna iðran; smurður óléo, vænti, að eg verða viðrkennandi þenna mjúkleik. Gief þú hjarta mínu hreinast hold og blóð, það er tókt af móður, listuliga að leiðarnesti; leysiz önd af böndum holdsins.
 
‘Life itself, loose my ban at the close of my life for the sake of my true repentance; annointed with oil, I hope that I will be in a position to acknowledge this consolation. Give my heart the most pure flesh and blood, which you took from your mother, wonderfully, for Viaticum; may the soul be freed from the bonds of the flesh.

notes and context

The order of sts 82 and 83 is reversed in 622. The st. is a conventional prayer that the poet not die without the opportunity to receive Extreme Unction and Viaticum. Because the sacrament provided remission of sins, it was believed to ensure rapid entrance into heaven.

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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 83: AII, 389-90, BII, 412, Skald II, 225-6, NN §§1531, 2633.

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