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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Líkn 8VII

George S. Tate (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Líknarbraut 8’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 238-9.

Anonymous PoemsLíknarbraut

text and translation

Beiðandi kveð ek bæði
bræðr ok systr at kvæði;
öll veiti þér ítran
yðarn tænað mér bæna,
vizku stærðr at virðiz
veðrskríns jöfurr mínum
— nýtr er, náð sem heitir —
nálægr vera málum.

Beiðandi kveð ek bæði bræðr ok systr at kvæði; veiti þér öll mér yðarn ítran tænað bæna, at {jöfurr {veðrskríns}}, vizku stærðr, virðiz vera nálægr mínum málum; nýtr er, sem heitir náð.
‘Entreating, I summon both brothers and sisters to my poem; may you all grant me your excellent help of prayers, that the prince of the storm-shrine [HEAVEN > = God], very great in wisdom, might deign to be close to my utterances; potent is [he] who promises grace.

notes and context

[4-5]: An instance of enjambement across half-sts.



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 8: AII, 152, BII, 162, Skald II, 86, NN §1389; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1844, 37, Rydberg 1907, 12-13, 48, Tate 1974, 53.


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