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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Líkn 48VII

George S. Tate (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Líknarbraut 48’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 283.

Anonymous PoemsLíknarbraut

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Bæn heyr, bragningr, mína,
bila muntat þú vilja
veita vægð at móti,
veðrskríns, lofi þínu.
Sjálfr eggjar þú seggja
sveit á þik at heita
(þat viðr), gumna gætir,
(gerbænan mik) hverja.

{Bragningr {veðrskríns}}, heyr mína bæn; þú muntat vilja bila veita vægð at móti lofi þínu. Sjálfr eggjar þú hverja seggja sveit at heita á þik, {gumna gætir}; þat viðr mik gerbænan.
‘King of the storm-shrine [HEAVEN > = God], hear my prayer; you will not desire to fail to grant mercy in return for praise of you [lit. your praise]. You yourself urge each host of men to call upon you, guardian of men [= God]; that makes me prayer-eager.

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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 48: AII, 159, BII, 173, Skald II, 91, NN §§ 1401, 2333; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1844, 49-50, Rydberg 1907, 19, 53, Tate 1974, 93.


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