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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Líkn 46VII

George S. Tate (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Líknarbraut 46’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 281-2.

Anonymous PoemsLíknarbraut

text and translation

Minnumz á hvat unni
öðlingr í píningu
árs, þá er orð slík heyrum,
oss deyjandi á krossi.
Leiðum hörð á hauðri
hjarta várs með tárum,
systkin mín, fyr sjónir
siðgætis meinlæti.

Minnumz á, þá er heyrum slík orð, hvat {öðlingr árs}, deyjandi á krossi, unni oss í píningu. Systkin mín, leiðum hörð meinlæti {siðgætis} á hauðri fyr várs hjarta sjónir með tárum.
‘Let us remember, when we hear such words, how the prince of the year’s abundance [= Christ], dying on the Cross, loved us in his Passion. My brothers and sisters, let us bring the hard torments of the faith-guardian [= God (= Christ)] on earth before our heart’s eyes with tears.

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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 [XIII], C. 1. Líknarbraut 46: AII, 158, BII, 172, Skald II, 91, NN §2448A; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1844, 49, Rydberg 1907, 19, 52, Tate 1974, 91.


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