Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mgr 15VII/7 — leingi ‘for a long time’

‘Halir á krossinn hilmi* sólar
hófu, en keyrðu í ristr og lófa
stinnoddaða af stáli gadda;
stórlig aungvit á mig fóru.
Hvergi mátti eg fyrir harmi og sorgum
hræra mig, sem dauð eg væra,
angri fyld og lá eg svá leingi;
laugaðig brár og kinnr í tárum.’

‘Halir hófu hilmi* sólar á krossinn, en keyrðu stinnoddaða gadda af stáli í ristr og lófa; stórlig aungvit fóru á mig. Eg mátti hvergi hræra mig fyrir harmi og sorgum, sem eg væra dauð, og eg lá svá leingi, fyld angri; laugaðig brár og kinnr í tárum.’

‘Men lifted the ruler of the sun [= God (= Christ)] onto the Cross, and drove stiff-pointed spikes of steel into the insteps and the palms; great swoons came upon me. I could not at all move myself because of distress and sorrows, as if I were dead, and I lay thus for a long time, filled with anguish; I washed eyelashes and cheeks in tears.’



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