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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Leið 39VII

Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Leiðarvísan 39’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 173-4.

Anonymous PoemsLeiðarvísan

Vér skulum opt með tôrum
— verðr mein, ef því seinum —
— kostum flærð at forðask —
friðar helgan goð biðja,
at, þás ǫflugr eflir
alls sóma lýkr dómi,
fara næðim vér fríða
fljótt í dýrð með dróttni.

Vér skulum opt biðja helgan goð friðar með tôrum — mein verðr, ef seinum því; kostum at forðask flærð —, at, þás {ǫflugr eflir alls sóma} lýkr dómi, næðim vér fara fljótt í fríða dýrð með dróttni.

We must often pray holy God for peace with tears — harm will result, if we delay that; we must try to shun deceit —, so that when {the powerful strengthener of all honour} [= God] finishes judgement, we may succeed in going swiftly into splendid glory with the Lord.

Mss: B(11r), 399a-bˣ

Editions: Skj AI, 625, Skj BI, 632, Skald I, 307, NN §21B; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1844, 68, Rydberg 1907, 10, Attwood 1996a, 69-70, 180.

Notes: [1] opt ‘often’: As it stands in B, l. 1 lacks a second alliterating syllable. Konráð Gíslason (and Eiríkur Jónsson 1875-89, II, 31-4) suggested emending to víst ‘certainly’, and this has been adopted by Finnur Jónsson (Skj B) and Kock (Skald).


  1. Bibliography
  2. Skj B = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1912-15b. Den norsk-islandske skjaldedigtning. B: Rettet tekst. 2 vols. Copenhagen: Villadsen & Christensen. Rpt. 1973. Copenhagen: Rosenkilde & Bagger.
  3. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  4. NN = Kock, Ernst Albin. 1923-44. Notationes Norrœnæ: Anteckningar till Edda och skaldediktning. Lunds Universitets årsskrift new ser. 1. 28 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  5. Attwood, Katrina. 1996a. ‘The Poems of MS AM 757a 4to: An Edition and Contextual Study’. Ph.D. thesis. University of Leeds.
  6. Rydberg, Hugo, ed. 1907. ‘Die geistlichen Drápur und Dróttkvættfragmente des Cod. AM 757 4to.’. Ph.D. thesis. University of Lund. Copenhagen: Møller.
  7. Sveinbjörn Egilsson, ed. 1844. Fjøgur gømul kvæði. Boðsrit til að hlusta á þá opinberu yfirheyrslu í Bessastaða Skóla þann 22-29 mai 1844. Viðeyar Klaustri: prentuð af Helga Helgasyni, á kostnað Bessastaða Skóla. Bessastaðir: Helgi Helgason.

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