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VII. Sólarljóð (Sól) - 83

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Sólarljóð (‘Song of the Sun’) — Anon SólVII

Carolyne Larrington and Peter Robinson 2007, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Sólarljóð’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 287-357.

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Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XII]: G [6]. Sólarljóð, digt fra det 12. årh. (AI, 628-40, BI, 635-48)

SkP info: VII, 318-19

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34 — Anon Sól 34VII

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Cite as: Carolyne Larrington and Peter Robinson (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Sólarljóð 34’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 318-19.

Vil ok dul        tælir virða sonu,
        þá er fíkjaz á fé;
ljósir aurar
        verða at löngum trega;
        margan hefr auðr apat.

Vil ok dul tælir sonu virða, þá er fíkjaz á fé; ljósir aurar verða trega at löngum; auðr hefr apat margan.

Desire and delusion trap the sons of men, those who are greedy for wealth; shining pieces of silver turn to grief in the long run; riches have made a monkey of many a man.

Mss: 166bˣ(46v), papp15ˣ(4r), 738ˣ(81v), 214ˣ(150v), 1441ˣ(583), 10575ˣ(5v), 2797ˣ(233)

Readings: [3] fíkjaz: ‘fykast’ 214ˣ    [5] verða: verði 10575ˣ

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XII], G [6]. Sólarljóð 34: AI, 633, BI, 641, Skald I, 311, NN §1779D; Bugge 1867, 362, Falk 1914, 18, Björn M. Ólsen 1915, 13, Fidjestøl 1979, 64, Njörður Njarðvík 1991, 67-8, Njörður Njarðvík 1993, 40, 114.

Notes: [1] vil ok dul ‘desire and delusion’: Cf. Hfr ErfÓl 25/8I and dularheim ‘world of delusion’ in st. 35/4. — [2] tælir ‘entrap’: 3rd pers. sg. verb for pl. subject comprising two distinct entities. For warnings against trusting in riches, cf. Hsv 34/6: ilt er auði at trúa ‘it is bad to trust in wealth’, and more distantly Hsv 22, 66, 80; Hávm 75, and Matt. VI.19-21; against trusting in worldly things in general, cf. Hsv 106.

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