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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Leið 3VII

Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Leiðarvísan 3’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 143.

Anonymous PoemsLeiðarvísan

text and translation

Fǫður biðk ok son síðan
slétt óðarlag rétta;
minn styrki vel verka
vandan heilagr andi.
Ór munu aldar stýri
óþægilig frægjum
orð, nema mér til mærðar
málsgnótt fái dróttinn.

Síðan biðk fǫður ok son rétta slétt óðarlag; heilagr andi styrki vel vandan verka minn. Orð ór munu óþægilig {frægjum stýri aldar}, nema dróttinn fái mér málsgnótt til mærðar.
‘Then I ask the Father and Son to straighten out a smooth poem form; may the Holy Spirit strengthen my awkward work well. Our [my] words will be displeasing to the famous steerer of men [= God], unless the Lord gives me an abundance of language for the praise-poem.

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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 3: AI, 619, BI, 623, Skald I, 303, NN §3137; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1844, 57-8, Rydberg 1907, 4, Attwood 1996a, 60, 171.


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