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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Leið 41VII/7 — alls ‘of all’

Haldi oss frá eldi
eilífr skapa deilir
Kristr styrkr ok myrkrum
menn, es heim líðr þenna,
svát ǫll í frið fullan
farim heim, es skilr beima
alls stýrandi, órum
óttalaus með dróttni.

Eilífr deilir skapa, styrkr Kristr, haldi oss menn frá eldi ok myrkrum, es líðr þenna heim, svát farim ǫll heim í fullan frið, óttalaus með órum dróttni, es stýrandi alls skilr beima.

May the eternal ruler of fates [= God (= Christ)], powerful Christ, keep us men from fire and darkness, when this world passes away, so that we may all go home into complete peace, fearlessly with our Lord, when the steerer of all [= God] divides men.


[7] stýrandi alls ‘steerer of all [= God]’: Sveinbjörn Egilsson’s correction (note to 444(2)ˣ) is adopted by all subsequent eds. Cf. the kenning stýrandi hallar heims ‘steerer of the hall of the world [SKY/HEAVEN > = God]’ in 21/3-4. Alls stýrandi is used in Mark Eirdr 29/2II.




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