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VII. Vitnisvísur af Máríu (Vitn) - 26

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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.

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

SkP info: VII, 744

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6 — Anon Vitn 6VII

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Vitnisvísur af Máríu 6’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 744.

‘Ann eg fyrir allar kvinnur
ágætust, þier, sæta;
várr er víst svá fjarri
vili við yðr að skiljaz.’
Hun kvað sjálfrátt sveini
sett að styrkja þetta
— trú gaf tígnarmeyja
tállaust — festarmálum.

‘Eg ann þier fyrir allar kvinnur, ágætust sæta; vili várr er víst svá fjarri að skiljaz við yðr.’ Hun kvað sjálfrátt sett sveini að styrkja þetta festarmálum; tígnarmeyja gaf trú tállaust.

‘I love you above all women, most magnificent lady; our [my] wish is certainly so far from being to part from you.’ She said it was entirely up to the boy himself to confirm this with words of betrothal; the honourable maiden gave her trust without deceit.

Mss: 713(83), 721(10v-12r)

Readings: [4] skiljaz: skilja 713, 721    [7] ‑meyja: ‘[...]ía’ 721    [8] tállaust: tal með 721

Editions: Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV], [B. 3]. Vitnisvísur af Maríu 6: AII, 484, BII, 521, Skald II, 286; Kahle 1898, 51, 102, Sperber 1911, 24, 70, Wrightson 2001, 29.

Notes: [2, 4] þier ... yðr (2nd pers. dat. sg., 2nd. pers. acc. pl.) ‘you ... you’: Note the interchange between the informal and formal forms of address. — [2] sæta ‘lady’: This lit. means ‘grass-widow’, but it is used here and elsewhere in the generic sense ‘lady, woman’. — [4] að skiljaz ‘to part’: The m.v. is required in the construction skiljask við e-n ‘to part from somebody.’ (see Fritzner: skiljask við).

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