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Anon Leið 12VII

Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Leiðarvísan 12’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 151-2.

Anonymous PoemsLeiðarvísan
111213

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Án megu engir dýnu
otrs, þeirs skírn hafa hlotna,
— gótts meiðum þrif þýðask —
þat —kaup hafa skatnar.
Orð munu eigi verða
órbrennd, þaus goð kenndi;
mjǫks sá*rvita sœkir
sanns dulðr, ef hyggr annat.

{Engir skatnar {dýnu otrs}}, þeirs hafa hlotna skírn, megu hafa þat án kaup; gótts meiðum þýðask þrif. Orð, þaus goð kenndi, munu eigi verða órbrennd; {sœkir {sá*rvita}} [e]s mjǫk dulðr sanns, ef hyggr annat.
 
‘No chieftains of the feather-bed of the otter [GOLD > MEN], who have received baptism, may have that [baptism] without a bargain; it is good for men to acquire well-being. The words that God taught will never be destroyed; the attacker of the wound-flame [SWORD > WARRIOR] has the truth very much concealed from him, if he thinks otherwise.

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Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XII], G [2]. Leiðarvísan 12: AI, 620, BI, 625, Skald I, 304, NN §1261; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1844, 60, Rydberg 1907, 6, Attwood 1996a, 63, 173.

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