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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anonymous Poems (Anon)

VII. Lilja (Lil) - 100

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Lilja (‘Lily’) — Anon LilVII

Martin Chase 2007, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Lilja’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 544-677.

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Skj: Eysteinn Ásgrímsson: Lilja (AII, 363-95, BII, 390-416)

SkP info: VII, 565-6

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3 — Anon Lil 3VII

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Cite as: Martin Chase (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Lilja 3’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 565-6.

Beiði eg þig, mær og móðir,
mínum að fyrir umsjá þína
renni mál af raddartólum
riettferðugt í vísum sliettum,
skýr og sæt af vörrum várum
vorðin svá, að mætti orðin
laugaz öll í glóanda gulli;
guði væri eg þau skyldr að færa.

Eg beiði þig, mær og móðir, að fyrir þína umsjá renni riettferðugt mál í sliettum vísum af {raddartólum mínum}, skýr og sæt af vörrum várum, vorðin svá, að öll orðin mætti laugaz í glóanda gulli; þau væri eg skyldr að færa guði.

I ask you, maiden and mother, that with your overseeing proper speech may flow in smooth verses from {my voice-tools} [ORGANS OF SPEECH], clear and sweet from our [my] lips, fashioned so that all the words might be washed in shining gold: I would be bound to bring them to God.

Mss: Bb(113va), 99a(1r-v), 622(23), 713(6), 720b(1v), Vb(247), 41 8°ˣ(104), 705ˣ(2v), 4892(25v)

Readings: [1] mær: blíður 720b, meyjar Vb;    og: om. 720b;    móðir: dróttinn 720b, mögur (sonur) Vb, mögur 41 8°ˣ    [2] mínum: í mínum 622;    að: hug 622, hag 720b, 41 8°ˣ;    umsjá: umsján 622, Vb, 41 8°ˣ, 4892    [4] riettferðugt: so 713, 705ˣ, riettferðugazt Bb, 622, 41 8°ˣ, ‘ríettferdűg[...]’ 99a, riettferðugustu 720b;    í: om. 720b    [5] sæt: ‘[...]’ 713    [6] vorðin: orðin 720b, Vb, 41 8°ˣ;    svá: þó 99a, þar 720b, þau Vb, 41 8°ˣ, svá þó 705ˣ;    að: vir 720b, sem Vb, 41 8°ˣ;    mætti: mæltum 720b, mæltust Vb, 41 8°ˣ, mælti 4892;    orðin: forðum 720b, Vb, 41 8°ˣ, ‘[...]orðum’ 4892    [7] laugaz: lauguðust 720b, Vb;    í: og 720b;    glóanda: glóandi 4892    [8] væri: væra 622, 713;    þau: so 99a, 622, 713, 720b, Vb, 41 8°ˣ, 4892, þó Bb, 705ˣ

Editions: Skj: Eysteinn Ásgrímsson, Lilja 3: AII, 364, BII, 391, Skald II, 212, NN §1515.

Notes: [5-7]: The syntax is awkward. Guðbrandur Jónsson (1951, 156) reads orðin af vörrum vorum, vorðin svo skýr og sæt, að (þau) öll mætti laugaz í glóanda gulli ‘words from our lips, made so clear and sweet that (they) all might be washed in gleaming gold’. He suggests that laugaz í glóanda gulli refers to the words being written with illuminated letters. Kock (NN §1515) argues that the conjunction svá að joins the first helmingr with the second, and reads svá at orðin af vǫrrum várum, vorðin skýr ok sæt, mætti laugaz... ‘so that the words from our lips, made clear and sweet, might be washed ...’.

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