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Anon Leið 10VII

Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Leiðarvísan 10’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 149-50.

Anonymous PoemsLeiðarvísan
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‘Munk’, kvað vǫrðr, ‘í virða’,
vallræfrs, ‘liðu alla
— stríð þjá drótt til dauða
drjúghvasst — eldum kasta,
ef vegrunnar vinna
varrelgs daga helga
elds eða eigi gjalda
allþétt tíund rétta.’

{Vǫrðr {vallræfrs}} kvað: ‘Munk kasta eldum í alla liðu virða — stríð þjá drjúghvasst drótt til dauða —, ef {{{{varrelgs} veg-} elds} -runnar} vinna allþétt helga daga eða gjalda eigi rétta tíund’.
 
‘The warden of the plain-roof [SKY/HEAVEN > = God] said: ‘I will cast fires into all the limbs of men — afflictions will plague mankind severely unto death — if the trees of the fire of the way of the wake-elk [(lit. ‘way-trees of the fire of the wake-elk’) SHIP > SEA > GOLD > MEN] work very energetically on holy days or do not pay the correct tithe’.

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Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XII], G [2]. Leiðarvísan 10: AI, 620, BI, 624, NN §§2141, 3249; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1844, 59-60, Rydberg 1907, 5, Attwood 1996a, 62, 173.

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