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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Líkn 1VII

George S. Tate (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Líknarbraut 1’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 230.

Anonymous PoemsLíknarbraut

text and translation

Einn, lúk upp, sem ek bæni,
óðrann ok gef sanna
mér, þú er* alls átt ærit,
orðgnótt, himins dróttinn.
Þinn vil ek kross, sem kunnum,
(Kristr styrki mik) dýrka
(örr, sá er ýta firrir
allri nauð ok dauða).

{Himins dróttinn}, þú er* einn átt ærit alls, lúk upp {óðrann}, sem ek bæni, ok gef mér sanna orðgnótt. Ek vil dýrka þinn kross, sem kunnum; Kristr styrki mik, örr, sá er firrir ýta allri nauð ok dauða.
‘Heaven’s Lord [= God], you who alone possess a fullness of all, open up my poetry-house [BREAST], as I pray, and give me true word-abundance. I desire to glorify your Cross as [well as] we [I] can; may Christ strengthen me, the bountiful one, who removes men from all distress and death.

notes and context

The opening st. in which the poet appeals for divine inspiration in composing his poem, juxtaposes God’s fullness ærit alls ‘a fullness of all’ (l. 3), and the poet’s need as he pleads for the abundance -gnótt (l. 4) he lacks.



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 [XIII], C. 1. Líknarbraut 1: AII, 150, BII, 160, Skald II, 85; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1844, 35, Rydberg 1907, 11, 47, Kock and Meissner 1931, I, 91, Tate 1974, 46.


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