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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Líkn 45VII

George S. Tate (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Líknarbraut 45’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 281.

Anonymous PoemsLíknarbraut

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‘Mín snúz þjóð ok þjóna
— þat er ráðuligt — dáðum
glæpum vön frá greypu
grandi mér til handa.
Því býð ek faðm, at feðmik
fúss ok glaðr með saðri
ást, hvern er iðraz lasta,
unninna, miskunnar.’

‘Þjóð mín, vön glæpum, snúz frá greypu grandi mér til handa ok þjóna dáðum; þat er ráðuligt. Því býð ek faðm miskunnar, at fúss ok glaðr feðmik með saðri ást, hvern er iðraz unninna lasta.’
‘‘My people, accustomed to sins, turn away from fierce injury to me and serve with deeds; that is advisable. Therefore I offer the embrace of mercy, because, willing and glad, I embrace with true love each one who repents of sins committed.’

notes and context


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 45: AII, 158, BII, 172, Skald II, 90-1; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1844, 49, Rydberg 1907, 19, 52, Tate 1974, 90.


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