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Anon Leið 9VII

Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Leiðarvísan 9’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 147-9.

Anonymous PoemsLeiðarvísan
8910

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Hætt kveðr heilagr dróttinn
hyrskerðǫndum verða
arms, þeims eigi þyrma
alfríðs sonar tíðum.
Því ro fluggreddar fœddir
fleins með ýmsum meinum;
bæði bǫrn ok móðir
báglundask fyr stundum.

Heilagr dróttinn kveðr verða hætt {{arms hyr}skerðǫndum}, þeims eigi þyrma tíðum alfríðs sonar; því ro {{fleins flug}greddar} fœddir með ýmsum meinum; bæði bǫrn ok móðir báglundask fyr stundum.
 
‘The Holy Lord says it will become dangerous for the diminishers of the fire of the arm [(lit. ‘arm’s fire-diminishers’) GOLD > GENEROUS MEN], for those who do not respect the festivals of the altogether beautiful Son. Therefore nourishers of spear-flight [(lit. ‘flight-nourishers of the spear’) BATTLE > WARRIORS] are born with various defects; both children and their mother quarrel from time to time.

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Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XII], G [2]. Leiðarvísan 9: AI, 620, BI, 624, Skald I, 303, NN §§1260, 2557; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1844, 59, Rydberg 1907, 5, Attwood 1996a, 61-2, 173.

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