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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anonymous Poems (Anon)

VII. Vitnisvísur af Máríu (Vitn) - 26

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

Kari Ellen Gade 2007, ‘ 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. <> (accessed 6 December 2021)

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

SkP info: VII, 755-6

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23 — Anon Vitn 23VII

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Vitnisvísur af Máríu 23’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 755-6.

Runnu ríkamanni
reiðimál og eiðar;
beiðir giekk við brúðar
borða hverju orði.
Lýsti ljúfliga ástir
lundur silkigrundar
auðs, og unni síðan
ágætt víf sem lífi.

Reiðimál og eiðar runnu ríkamanni; {beiðir borða} giekk við hverju orði brúðar. {Lundur auðs} lýsti ljúfliga ástir {silkigrundar}, og ágætt víf unni síðan sem lífi.

The wrathful speech and the oaths left the powerful man; {the demander of shields} [WARRIOR] admitted to the woman’s every word. {The tree of wealth} [MAN] fondly declared love [lit. loves] {for the silk-ground} [WOMAN], and the famous lady later loved [him] like her own life.

Mss: 713(85), 721(12v)

Readings: [4] borða: borð á 721    [5] ljúfliga: ‘v[...]líga’ 721;    ástir: so 721, ástum 713    [6] silkigrundar: om. 721

Editions: Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV], [B. 3]. Vitnisvísur af Maríu 23: AII, 486, BII, 525, Skald II, 288; NN §§1677C, 2861; Kahle 1898, 54-5, 103, Sperber 1911, 28, 72-3, Wrightson 2001, 38.

Notes: [7] unni (3rd pers. sg. pret. indic.) ‘loved’: Unna ‘love’ takes the dat., and the object ‘him’ is understood. It may seem incongruous that the woman should love the man who had rejected her; rather, we should expect her to be the object of his affections. However, ágætt víf ‘famous lady’ is in the nom. or acc., so such an interpretation is impossible. Skald emends ágætt víf to ágæts vífs (n. gen. sg.) ‘of the famous female’ and treats it as a parallel construction to silkigrundar ‘of the silk-ground [WOMAN]’ (l. 6).

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