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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anonymous Poems (Anon)

III. Málsháttakvæði (Mhkv) - 30

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5: Málsháttakvæði (‘Proverb poem’) — Anon MhkvIII

Roberta Frank 2017, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Málsháttakvæði’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1213.

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Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: A. [1]. Málsháttakvæði, Et orknøsk(?) digt, omkr. 1200. (AII, 130-6, BII, 138-45)

SkP info: III, 1242

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29 — Anon Mhkv 29III

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Cite as: Roberta Frank (ed.) 2017, ‘Anonymous Poems, Málsháttakvæði 29’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1242.

Orða er leitat mér í munn;
mælgin verðr oss heyrinkunn;
Yggjar bjór hverr eiga myni,
ósýnt þykkir lýða kyni.
Eyvit mun sjá atfrétt stoða;
allmjǫk erum vér lynd til hroða;
þeygi var sjá aflausn ill;
eiga skal nú hverr, er vill.

Er leitat orða í munn mér; mælgin verðr oss heyrinkunn; hverr myni eiga {bjór Yggjar}, þykkir ósýnt {kyni lýða}. Eyvit mun sjá atfrétt stoða; allmjǫk erum vér lynd til hroða; þeygi var sjá aflausn ill; nú skal eiga hverr, er vill.

They seek in my mouth for words; the chatter is well known to us [me]; who might possess {the strong drink of Yggr <= Óðinn>} [POETRY] seems unclear {to the race of men} [HUMANS]. That inquiry will not at all help; we are very much inclined to coarseness; this release was not at all bad; now anyone who wants it shall have it.

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: A. [1]. Málsháttakvæði 29 (AII, 136; BII, 145); Skald II, 78; Möbius 1874, 12, Wisén 1886-9, I, 76.

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GKS 2367 4° (R) 55r, 34 - 55r, 37 (Mhkv)  transcr.  image  image  image  
GKS 2367 4° (RFJ) -  
GKS 2367 4° (RJS) -  
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