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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Pét 32VII/1 — alda ‘of men’

Völd gaf vísi alda
víngarðs efli sínum
hæst; því hlaut í fystu
hann forræði manna.
Alt kvað laust, það er lystir
lund, á himni bundið,
manndýrða, iels jörðu
jöfurr kalligra palla.

Vísi alda gaf hæst völd sínum efli víngarðs; því hlaut hann í fystu forræði manna. Jöfurr iels kalligra palla kvað alt, það er lystir lund manndýrða laust, bundið á himni, jörðu.

The prince of men [= God (= Christ)] gave the highest powers to his strengthener of the vineyard [APOSTLE]; therefore he obtained for the first time authority over men. The king of the storm’s cold seats [SKY/HEAVEN > = God] said that everything which the tree of human virtues [HOLY MAN = Peter] wishes is loose [and] bound in heaven [and] on earth.




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