Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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VII. Máríuvísur I (Mv I) - 29

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Máríuvísur I (‘Vísur about Mary I’) — Anon Mv IVII

Kari Ellen Gade 2007, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Máríuvísur I’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 678-700.

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Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV]: [B. 4]. Et digt om Marias jærtegn, Máríuvísur I (AII, 487-92, BII, 526-32)

SkP info: VII, 688-9

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13 — Anon Mv I 13VII

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríuvísur I 13’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 688-9.

Grietu meyjar mætar
minniligr sem kvinna
flokkrinn; kallmenn klökkva,
kvöl barmandi arma.
Dregin var drós til skógar
döpr og mædd; svá hræddiz,
— griet sárliga sæta
synd — er bálið kyndu.

Mætar meyjar sem minniligr flokkrinn kvinna grietu; kallmenn klökkva, barmandi arma kvöl. Drós var dregin til skógar, döpr og mædd; hræddiz svá, er kyndu bálið; sæta griet synd sárliga.

Glorious maidens as well as the memorable group of women wept; men sob, pitying the miserable torment. The woman was dragged to the forest, mournful and weary; she feared so much when they kindled the pyre; the lady wept for her sin bitterly.

Mss: 721(13r), 1032ˣ(86v-87v)

Readings: [1] meyjar: ‘[...]iar’ 721, ‘m...nar’ 1032ˣ, ‘meyiar’ 721FJ    [2] minniligr: ‘minni[...]’ 721, minnilig 1032ˣ, 721FJ    [4] barmandi: ‘bar[...]ndi’ 721, ‘bar...andi’ 1032ˣ, barmandi 721FJ    [5] til: so 1032ˣ, 721FJ, ‘[...]’ 721    [8] kyndu: kyndir 721

Editions: Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV], [B. 4]. Et digt om Marias jærtegn 13: AII, 489, BII, 529, Skald II, 290; Kahle 1898, 33-4, 98, Sperber 1911, 4, 58, Wrightson 2001, 46.

Notes: [All]: For a discussion of this st. and its lack of prose parallels, see Schottmann (1973, 365). — [2] minniligr (m. nom. sg.) ‘memorable’: The ending is torn off in 721. 1032ˣ and 721FJ have minnilig (f. nom. sg. or n. nom. or acc. pl.) ‘memorable’. The adj. modifies flokkrinn (m. nom. sg.) ‘the group’ and the emendation to minniligr (m. nom. sg.) ‘memorable’ is in keeping with earlier eds. — [4] barmandi ‘pitying’: Finnur read barmandi in Skj A. The <m> is ensured by the internal rhyme (-arm- : arm-). — [8] kyndu (3rd pers. pl. pret. indic.) ‘they kindled’: So Skj B. Kyndir (3rd pers. sg. pres. indic.) ‘kindles’ (so 721) is ungrammatical. Sperber retains that form and treats it as an impersonal construction with bálið ‘the pyre’, as the acc. object (so also Wrightson). However, kynda ‘kindle’ is not attested in impersonal constructions. Skald emends to kyndiz (3rd pers. sg. pres. indic. m.v.) ‘is kindled’, which is also a possible reading.

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