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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Líkn 47VII

George S. Tate (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Líknarbraut 47’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 282-3.

Anonymous PoemsLíknarbraut

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Réðum krapt í kvæði
kross þíns fyr þjóð inna,
árs, þó at, eflir, værak
allítt til þess fallinn.
Sízt em ek samr of baztan
sýnt — öngrumz því löngum —
fyr lundfasta löstu,
líknfæðir, þik ræða.

{Eflir árs}, réðum inna fyr þjóð krapt kross þíns í kvæði, þó at værak allítt fallinn til þess. Sýnt em ek sízt samr, {líknfæðir}, ræða of þik baztan fyr lundfasta löstu; því öngrumz löngum.
‘Strengthener of year’s abundance [= God (= Christ)], we [I] undertook to relate to the people the power of your Cross in a poem, even though I was poorly equipped to do so. Clearly I am least suited, begetter of grace [= God (= Christ)], to speak of you, the best, on account of mind-fixed sins; for that reason we are [I am] continuously troubled.

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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 47: AII, 158-9, BII, 172-3, Skald II, 91; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1844, 49, Rydberg 1907, 19, 52, Tate 1974, 92.


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