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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Lil 86VII

Martin Chase (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Lilja 86’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 658-9.

Anonymous PoemsLilja

text and translation

Heyrðu mig nú, himins og jarðar
háleit bygðin allra dygða,
megindrotningin manna og eingla,
móðir guðs og lækning þjóða;
þá er mæðumz í nógum nauðum,
nálæg vertu minni sálu;
vef þú ágætu verndarskauti,
ván mín sönn til hjálpar mönnum.

Heyrðu mig nú, háleit bygðin allra dygða himins og jarðar, {megindrotningin manna og eingla}, {móðir guðs} og lækning þjóða; þá er mæðumz í nógum nauðum, vertu nálæg sálu minni; vef þú ágætu verndarskauti, sönn ván mín til hjálpar mönnum.
‘Hear me now, sublime dwelling of all the virtues of heaven and earth, great queen of men and angels [= Mary], mother of God [= Mary] and healing of people; when I suffer in great need, be near my soul; enfold [it] in your famous protecting mantle, my true hope for the help of men.

notes and context

Sts 86-96, consisting of lyrics in praise of Mary, were often circulated separately under the title Máríúvísur úr Lilju.



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 86: AII, 390-1, BII, 412-3, Skald II, 226, NN §2983.


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