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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Leið 39VII

Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Leiðarvísan 39’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 173-4.

Anonymous PoemsLeiðarvísan

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Vér skulum opt með tôrum
— verðr mein, ef því seinum —
— kostum flærð at forðask —
friðar helgan goð biðja,
at, þás ǫflugr eflir
alls sóma lýkr dómi,
fara næðim vér fríða
fljótt í dýrð með dróttni.

Vér skulum opt biðja helgan goð friðar með tôrum — mein verðr, ef seinum því; kostum at forðask flærð —, at, þás {ǫflugr eflir alls sóma} lýkr dómi, næðim vér fara fljótt í fríða dýrð með dróttni.
‘We must often pray holy God for peace with tears — harm will result, if we delay that; we must try to shun deceit —, so that when the powerful strengthener of all honour [= God] finishes judgement, we may succeed in going swiftly into splendid glory with the Lord.

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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 39: AI, 625, BI, 632, Skald I, 307, NN §21B; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1844, 68, Rydberg 1907, 10, Attwood 1996a, 69-70, 180.


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