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Anon Leið 15VII

Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Leiðarvísan 15’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 154.

Anonymous PoemsLeiðarvísan
141516

Kristr setti frið fastan
fimr meðal láðs ok himna
— nauðr es þegnum þýðask
þann veg — goðs ok manna,
ok dáðskreyttan dróttinn
dags hallar frið lagði
— þat vas sunnudag — sinnar
snjallr meðal skepnu allrar.

Fimr Kristr setti fastan frið meðal láðs ok himna, goðs ok manna — nauðr es þegnum þýðask þann veg —, ok {snjallr dróttinn {dags hallar}} lagði dáðskreyttan frið meðal allrar skepnu sinnar; þat vas sunnudag.

Nimble Christ established firm peace between earth and heavens, God and men — it is necessary for men to receive that glory —, and {the valiant lord {of the day’s hall}} [SKY/HEAVEN > = God] laid down deed-adorned peace throughout his entire creation; that was on a Sunday.

Mss: B(10v), 624(88)

Readings: [5] dáðskreyttan: skreyttan dáð 624    [8] skepnu: so 624, ‘skepn[...]’ B

Editions: Skj AI, 621, Skj BI, 626, Skald I, 304, NN §2983; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1844, 61, Rydberg 1907, 6, Attwood 1996a, 63-4, 174.

Notes: [1-2] fimr Kristr setti fastan frið meðal láðs ok himna ‘nimble Christ established firm peace between earth and heavens’: This event is not directly paralleled in any other version of the Sunday List. It may be an oblique reference to the Fall of Lucifer described in Isa. XIV.12-20. — [5-6] dáðskreyttan frið ‘deed-adorned peace’: See Note to dáðmáttugr ‘deed-mighty’ (5/7). Leið often characterises God in terms of his good works. Here, as in the cpd dáðstétt ‘deed-host’ used for the angel-host in 24/5, this renown is transferred to God’s creation. — [5-6] dróttinn dags hallar ‘lord of the day’s hall [SKY/HEAVEN > = God]’: Cf. gramr dags hallar ‘prince of the day’s hall’ in 45/6.

References

  1. Bibliography
  2. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  3. NN = Kock, Ernst Albin. 1923-44. Notationes Norrœnæ: Anteckningar till Edda och skaldediktning. Lunds Universitets årsskrift new ser. 1. 28 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  4. Attwood, Katrina. 1996a. ‘The Poems of MS AM 757a 4to: An Edition and Contextual Study’. Ph.D. thesis. University of Leeds.
  5. Rydberg, Hugo, ed. 1907. ‘Die geistlichen Drápur und Dróttkvættfragmente des Cod. AM 757 4to.’. Ph.D. thesis. University of Lund. Copenhagen: Møller.
  6. Sveinbjörn Egilsson, ed. 1844. Fjøgur gømul kvæði. Boðsrit til að hlusta á þá opinberu yfirheyrslu í Bessastaða Skóla þann 22-29 mai 1844. Viðeyar Klaustri: prentuð af Helga Helgasyni, á kostnað Bessastaða Skóla. Bessastaðir: Helgi Helgason.
  7. Internal references
  8. Katrina Attwood 2007, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Leiðarvísan’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 137-78.
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