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Anon Leið 17VII

Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Leiðarvísan 17’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 156.

Anonymous PoemsLeiðarvísan
161718

text and translation

Hás ræðr heimi þessum
hreggranns jǫfurr — seggjum
goð lætr gótt líf ǫðlask
gœzkufimr — sem himnum.
Lúta englar ítrum
óttlaust ok lið dróttni;
einn es siklingr sunnu
setrs hvívetna betri.

{Jǫfurr {hás hreggranns}} ræðr þessum heimi sem himnum; goð, gœzkufimr, lætr seggjum ǫðlask gótt líf. Englar ok lið lúta óttlaust ítrum dróttni; {siklingr {setrs sunnu}} es einn betri hvívetna.
 
‘The prince of the high storm-house [SKY/HEAVEN > = God] rules this world as well as the heavens; God, agile of grace, makes it possible for men to achieve a good life. Angels and people bow down fearlessly before the glorious Lord; the king of the seat of the sun [SKY/HEAVEN > = God] is alone better than everything else.

notes and context

[5-8]: First repetition of the first stef, indicated by an obelos in the left-hand margin of fol. 10v.

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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: Anonyme digte og vers [XII], G [2]. Leiðarvísan 17: AI, 621, BI, 626, Skald I, 304; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1844, 62, Rydberg 1907, 6, Attwood 1996a, 64, 175.

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