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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Lil 84VII

Martin Chase (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Lilja 84’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 656-7.

Anonymous PoemsLilja

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Hræðumz eg, að sárt muni svíða
samvizkunnar bygð af grunnum
sundruð öll, þá er syndir kalla
sína eign á hjarta mínu.
Dökkvir munu þá fjandans flokkar
færaz að með ópi og kæru
búnir mig að brenna og pína,
bíta, kremja, rífa og slíta.

Eg hræðumz, að {bygð samvizkunnar} muni svíða sárt, öll sundruð af grunnum, þá er syndir kalla eign sína á hjarta mínu. Þá munu dökkvir flokkar fjandans færaz að með ópi og kæru, búnir að brenna mig og pína, bíta, kremja, rífa og slíta.
‘I fear that the seat of conscience [BREAST] will burn painfully, all sundered from its foundations, when sins claim their ownership of my heart. Then the swarthy flocks of the fiend will rush at me with hooting and complaint, ready to burn me and torment, bite, squeeze, tear and rip.

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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 84: AII, 389-90, BII, 412, Skald II, 226, NN §187.


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