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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Lil 7VII/3 — skapaður ‘created’

Mektarfullr, er af bar öllum
í náttúruskærleik sínum,
skapaður góðr og skein í prýði
skapara næstr í vegsemd hæstri.
Eigi liet sier alla nægjaz
eingill mekt, þá er hafði feingið;
með ofbeldi öðlaz vildi
æðra sess og virðing bæði.

Mektarfullr, er í sínum náttúruskærleik bar af öllum, skapaður góðr og skein í prýði í hæstri vegsemd næstr skapara. Eingill liet eigi alla mekt, þá er hafði feingið, nægjaz sier; með ofbeldi vildi öðlaz bæði æðra sess og virðing.

The one full of might, who in his natural brightness surpassed all, [was] created good and shone in glory, in highest honour next to the Creator. The angel did not let all the might, which he had received, be a source of contentment to him; with pride he wanted to win for himself both a higher seat and regard.


[3] skapaður: skaptur Vb, 41 8°ˣ


[3] skapaður góðr ‘created good’: The question of whether Lucifer was originally created good was long a matter of theological debate (could a good God create evil?). The precision here reflects the pronouncement of the Fourth Lateran Council in 1215: ‘God created the devil and other demons good by nature’ (Denzinger and Schönmetzer 1965, §800).



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