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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Leið 26VII

Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Leiðarvísan 26’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 164-5.

Anonymous PoemsLeiðarvísan

text and translation

Sýndi sólar landa
siklingr með trú mikla
horskum lýð á hauðri
hreinn skjótar jarteinir.
Frítt gerði dag dróttins
dáðfimr jǫfurr himna
vín ór vatni einu;
varð þjóð fegin harðla.

{Hreinn siklingr {landa sólar}} sýndi horskum lýð á hauðri skjótar jarteinir með mikla trú. {Dáðfimr jǫfurr himna} gerði frítt vín ór vatni einu dróttins dag; þjóð varð harðla fegin.
‘The pure prince of the lands of the sun [SKY/HEAVEN > = God (= Christ)] showed wise people on earth swift miracles with great faith. The deed-agile prince of the heavens [= God (= Christ)] made beautiful wine out of water alone on the Lord’s day; people became very happy.

notes and context

Sts 26-8 treat two of Christ’s miracles; the wedding at Cana, where he turned water into wine (st. 26), and the feeding of the Five Thousand (sts 27-8). — [5-8]: The reference here is to Christ’s turning water into wine at the wedding at Cana, recounted in John II.1-10. The miracle is also the subject of a sermon preserved in HómÍsl 1872, 187-91, and occurs in texts from all three recensions of the Sunday Letter and the MHG sermons.



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 26: AI, 623, BI, 628-9, Skald I, 305, NN §3133C; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1844, 64, Rydberg 1907, 8, Attwood 1996a, 66, 177.


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