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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anonymous Poems (Anon)

III. Máríuflokkr (Mfl) - 2

not in Skj

Máríuflokkr (‘Flokkr about Mary’) — Anon MflIII

Kari Ellen Gade 2017, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Máríuflokkr’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 507.

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Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XII]: G [4]. Máríuflokkr, et digt fra det 12. årh.(?) (AI, 627, BI, 634)

in texts: SnE, SnEW

SkP info: III, 507

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1 Knáttu mǫrg á mergjar
mjǫðkarms furu hvarma
hirðsamnaðar himna
hrynregn sali dynja.
Many streaming rains of eyelids [TEARS] of the fir-tree of the mead-vessel [WOMAN = Mary] gushed onto the halls of marrow [LIMBS] of the convener of the retinue of the heavens [(lit. ‘heavens’ retinue-convener’) ANGELS > = Christ].
2 Busti beggja rista
barmskúr ofan hvarma
fljóðs á frægja meiða
fjǫlglyggs himins tyggja.
Vann, sús kœnst es kvenna,
kvǫlbannaðar manna
él*um undirstóla
iltún þvegit brúna.
The shower of the edge of eyelids [(lit. ‘edge-showers of eyelids’) EYES > TEARS] of the woman streamed down on the famous trees of both insteps [FEET] of the lord of the windswept heaven [= Christ]. She, who is the wisest of women, washed the footsole-yards [FEET] of the torment-banisher of men [= Christ] with storms of the support-chairs of brows [EYES > TEARS].
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