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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Lil 74VII/8 — alda ‘to come’

Þessu í gegn munu finna fögnuð;
fyrðum heim til sinnar dýrðar
herrann bauð með hæstri prýði,
heimleiddir því að verða beimar
ungir, glaðir, frjálsir, fríðir,
færir, máttkir, vitrir, skærir;
hátíð gild um allar aldir
alda þeim er virðing haldin.

Í gegn þessu munu finna fögnuð; herrann bauð fyrðum heim til dýrðar sinnar með hæstri prýði, því að heimleiddir beimar verða ungir, glaðir, frjálsir, fríðir, færir, máttkir, vitrir, skærir; hátíð gild haldin um allar aldir alda er virðing þeim.

On the other hand, they will find joy; the Lord invited men home to his glory with the highest splendour, because the people, having been led home, become young, happy, free, beautiful, healthy, mighty, wise, radiant; a magnificent feast held through all ages to come is an honour to them.


[8] alda: öllum 622, auða 4892


[7-8] um allar aldir alda ‘through all ages to come’: Lit. ‘through all ages of ages’: The phrase translates in sæcula sæculorum, the traditional conclusion of Lat. liturgical prayers. See 1/7 and Note; cf. 66/3.



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