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Anonymous Poems (Anon)

VII. Vitnisvísur af Máríu (Vitn) - 26

Vitnisvísur af Máríu (‘Testimonial Vísur about Mary’) — Anon VitnVII

Kari Ellen Gade 2007, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Vitnisvísur af Máríu’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 739-57.

stanzas:  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13   14   15   16   17   18   19   20   21   22   23   24   25   26 

Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV]: [B. 3]. Vitnisvísur af Maríu (AII, 483-7, BII, 520-6)

SkP info: VII, 747-8

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11 — Anon Vitn 11VII

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Vitnisvísur af Máríu 11’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 747-8.

Vitjar veglig sæta
virktafríð um síðir
sinn elskuga sannan,
— svá spyrr — er var fyrri:
‘Hví vartu svá, hirtir,
hverflyndr, við fyndumz,
mjög reynir þú, manna,
mín, unnustu þína.’

 

The magnificent, very beautiful woman finally visits her true lover, the one who was [her lover] before; she asks thus: ‘{Chastiser of men}, [RULER] why were you so fickle to me concerning the fact that we two should meet? You test your beloved very much.’

notes: [5-8]: The syntax of the second helmingr is difficult. In the present edn, mín (gen. sg.) ‘to me’ (lit. ‘of me’) (l. 8) is construed with the adj. hverflyndr ‘fickle’ (l. 6) (see NN §2858; Wrightson 2001). The cl. að við fyndumz ‘concerning the fact that we two should meet’ (l. 6) is taken as an -cl. governed by the adj. hverflyndr ‘fickle’ (see NS §252a). Skj B emends to at ei fyndir ‘that (you) did not seek out’ and construes þína unnustu ‘your beloved’ (l. 8) as an object of fyndir ‘seek out’ (l. 6) and mín (gen. sg.) (l. 8) as the obj. of reynir ‘test’ (l. 7). The latter is ungrammatical, because reyna ‘test’ takes the acc. (see NN §2858). Skald emends að við fyndumz ‘concerning the fact that we two should meet’ to at vætr fyndumz ‘that we did not meet’.

editions: Skj [Anonyme digte og vers XIV]: [B. 3]. Vitnisvísur af Maríu 11 (AII, 484; BII, 522); Skald II, 286 NN §2858; Kahle 1898, 52, 102, Sperber 1911, 25, 70-1, Wrightson 2001, 32.

sources

AM 713 4° (713) 84, 9 - 84, 11  transcr.  image  image  
AM 721 4° (721) 12r, 11 - 12r, 12  transcr.  image  image  
AM 711 a 4°x (711ax) 60, 9 - 60, 16  transcr.  
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