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Anon Sól 15VII

Carolyne Larrington and Peter Robinson (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Sólarljóð 15’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 305-6.

Anonymous PoemsSólarljóð

text and translation

Ofmetnað drýgja        skyldi engi maðr,
        — þat hefk sannliga sét —
þvít þeir hverfa,        er honum fylgja,
        flestir guði frá.

Engi maðr skyldi drýgja ofmetnað — þat hefk sannliga sét — þvít flestir þeir er honum fylgja, hverfa frá guði.
‘No man should cultivate pride — I have truly seen that — because most of those who pursue it turn away from God.

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 [XII], G [6]. Sólarljóð 15: AI, 630, BI, 637, Skald I, 310; Bugge 1867, 359, Falk 1914, 6, Björn M. Ólsen 1915, 9, Fidjestøl 1979, 61, Njörður Njarðvík 1991, 53, Njörður Njarðvík 1993, 21, 101.


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