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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, 666-7

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92 — Anon Lil 92VII

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Cite as: Martin Chase (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Lilja 92’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 666-7.

Tungusætr ef einnhverr ýta,
orðum hygz í kvæði skorða
mjúkan dikt makligleikum,
mín drotning, af heiðri þínum,
því er líkast, sem rasi og reiki
ráðlauss seggr ýmsum veggjum
fældr og byrgðr, og feti þó hvergi
fúss í burt ór völundarhúsi.

 

If some man, sweet of tongue, intends fittingly to support with words a supple poem about your honour in verse, my queen, it would be as if a bewildered man should stumble and stagger, panic-stricken and hemmed in, from wall to wall and was not at all able to make his way away out of a labyrinth, although he was eager to.

notes: Hallvard Lie (1952, 77-80) reads sts 92-4 (cf. also sts 26, 38, and 64) as a sincere expression of the skald’s frustration with the limitations of traditional skaldic verse-forms, which limit his ability to praise Mary as she deserves. He sees the ‘natural psychological consequence’ of feelings like those expressed in this st. as a move towards a ‘more ethical’ form of poetry, which expresses only what is essential. But this is more likely a conventional use of the topic of inexpressibility (Curtius 1953, 159-62).

editions: Skj Eysteinn Ásgrímsson: Lilja 92 (AII, 392; BII, 414); Skald II, 227.

sources

Holm perg 1 fol (Bb) 116va, 17 - 116va, 22  transcr.  image  image  
AM 99 a 8° (99a) 18r, 18 - 18v, 5  transcr.  image  image  
AM 622 4° (622) 39, 21 - 40, 1  transcr.  image  
AM 713 4° (713) 14, 17 - 14, 19  transcr.  image  image  image  
Vísnabók (Vb) 255 - 255  
DKNVSB 41 8°x (41 8°x*) 134, 7 - 134, 12  transcr.  image  
DKNVSB 41 8°x (41 8°x*) 420 - 421  
AM 705 4°x (705x) 22r - 22v  transcr.  
BLAdd 4892 (4892) 39v - 39v  transcr.  image  
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