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Anon Lil 38VII

Martin Chase (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Lilja 38’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 607-8.

Anonymous PoemsLilja
373839

text and translation

Finn eg, alt að manvit manna
mæðiz, þegar er um skal ræða
máttrinn þinn, inn mikli drottinn;
meiri er hann en gjörvalt annað.
Sie þier dýrð með sannri prýði,
sunginn heiðr af öllum tungum
eilífliga með sigri og sælu;
sæmd og vald það minkaz aldri.

Eg finn, að alt manvit manna mæðiz, þegar er um skal ræða máttrinn þinn, inn mikli drottinn; hann er meiri en gjörvalt annað. Sie þier dýrð með sannri prýði, heiðr sunginn af öllum tungum, eilífliga með sigri og sælu; sæmd og það vald minkaz aldri.
 
‘I find that all the understanding of men becomes exhausted as soon as your might shall be spoken about, great Lord; it is greater than all else. Let there be to you glory with true beauty, honour sung from all tongues, eternally with victory and blessing; honour and that power will never be diminished.

notes and context

[5-8]: The second repeat of the refrain; see sts 26/5-8 and 32/5-8. Vb, 41ˣ and 4892 write the ll. in full.

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Text is based on reconstruction from the base text and variant apparatus and may contain alternative spellings and other normalisations not visible in the manuscript text. Transcriptions may not have been checked and should not be cited.

editions and texts

Skj: Eysteinn Ásgrímsson, Lilja 38: AII, 376, BII, 400, Skald II, 218.

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