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Anon Lil 94VII

Martin Chase (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Lilja 94’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 669-70.

Anonymous PoemsLilja
939495

text and translation

viðr og grjót sem steinar, stræti,
streingir, himnar, loft og einglar,
orma sveit og akrar hvítir,
jurtir, málmr sem laufgir pálmar,
augabragð þó aldri þegði
allar þær, af fyrnsku væri
móðar, fyrr en Máríu prýði
mætti skýra fullum hætti.

viðr og grjót sem steinar, stræti, streingir, himnar, loft og einglar, sveit orma og hvítir akrar, jurtir, málmr, sem laufgir pálmar, þó þær allar þegði aldri augabragð, væri móðar af fyrnsku fyrr en mætti skýra Máríu prýði fullum hætti.
 
‘wood and rocks, and stones, streets, streams, the heavens, air and angels, hosts of serpents and bright fields, herbs, metal, and leafy palms, though all those were never silent for the twinkling of an eye, they would be weary with old age before they could proclaim Mary’s splendour in full measure.

notes and context

The translation of Peter Comestor’s poem is spread across two sts. — [5-8]: Cf. Peter Comestor: minime depromere possent, / Que sis vel quanta uirgo regina Maria. / Que tua sit pietas, nec littera nec dabit etas ‘they would hardly be able to express what and how great you are, virgin queen Mary; there could be neither words nor time enough to tell the extent of your piety’ (see Note to 93/[All]).

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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 94: AII, 393, BII, 415, Skald II, 227-8, NN §3318.

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