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Anon Líkn 21VII

George S. Tate (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Líknarbraut 21’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 251-2.

Anonymous PoemsLíknarbraut
202122

text and translation

Lýsti miskunn mesta
mildr, þá er saklauss vildi
einn fyr öllum mönnum,
eyhjálms konungr, deyja.
Krists vinnr krapt ins hæsta
krossmark viðum hnossa
alls bezt; lofar æztan
öll dýrð konung fyrða.

{Mildr konungr {eyhjálms}} lýsti mesta miskunn, þá er einn vildi deyja saklauss fyr öllum mönnum. Krossmark ins hæsta Krists vinnr krapt alls bezt {viðum hnossa}; öll dýrð lofar {æztan konung fyrða}.
 
‘The tender king of the island-helmet [SKY/HEAVEN > = God (= Christ)] showed the greatest mercy when he alone willed to die guiltless for all men. The cross-sign of the most-high Christ gains power best of all for trees of treasures [MEN]; all glory exalts the highest king of men [RULER = Christ].

notes and context

[5-8]: B gives only an incipit of the stef ‘refrain’, with the same scribal error (Kristr for Krists) as in 13/5. A marginal obelos (†) indicates occurrence of the stef; see Note to 13/5.

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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: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII], C. 1. Líknarbraut 21: AII, 154, BII, 166, Skald II, 87; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1844, 41, Rydberg 1907, 15, 50, Tate 1974, 66.

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