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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Lil 85VII

Martin Chase (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Lilja 85’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 657.

Anonymous PoemsLilja

text and translation

Muntu þetta, inn dýri drottinn,
djöfla sveitum nökkuð veita
mína önd að meiða og skeina,
Máríu barn, og hjálpir varna?
Heitu og rauðu hjartans blóði
hana leystir, og því má eg treysta;
Jésú, þinni ást, er mönnum
öllum bauð til lífs frá dauða.

Muntu, inn dýri drottinn, nökkuð veita sveitum djöfla þetta að meiða og skeina önd mína, {barn Máríu}, og varna hjálpir? Heitu og rauðu blóði hjartans leystir hana, og því má eg treysta ást þinni, Jésú, er bauð öllum mönnum til lífs frá dauða.
‘Would you, the dear Lord, perhaps permit this to bands of devils, to harm and wound my soul, child of Mary [= Christ], and withold assistance? With warm and red blood of the heart, [you] freed it, and in this I must have confidence in your love, Jesus, [you] who summoned all men to life from death.

notes and context

[5-8]: The helmingr is made up of two sentences with parallel construction inspired by Lat. syntax: each begins with a dat. phrase (Heitu og rauðu hjartans blóði, þinni ást) followed by a 2nd pers. verb, the subject of which must be understood (leystir, bauð). Cf. Páll Hallsson’s early translation into Danish: ... Jeg som du forløste med dit heede oc røde hjerte blod ... du Jesu med din Kiærlighed indbiuder alle fra Döden til Liffuet ‘I, whom you redeemed with your hot and red heart’s blood ... you, Jesus, with your love invite all from death to life’ (Holm papp 23 folˣ, 11v).



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 85: AII, 390, BII, 412, Skald II, 226.


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