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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anonymous Poems (Anon)

VII. Máríuvísur I (Mv I) - 29

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Máríuvísur I (‘Vísur about Mary I’) — Anon Mv IVII

Kari Ellen Gade 2007, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Máríuvísur I’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 678-700.

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Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV]: [B. 4]. Et digt om Marias jærtegn, Máríuvísur I (AII, 487-92, BII, 526-32)

SkP info: VII, 696-7

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25 — Anon Mv I 25VII

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríuvísur I 25’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 696-7.

Sungu sætt og leingi
sannfróðir guðs móður
lýðir lof, þá er brúði
litu hvíta þar sitja.
Lietu síðan sætu
seimstalls viðir allir
fara í friði og æru;
fljóð var sátt og þjóðir.

Sannfróðir lýðir sungu lof {móður guðs} sætt og leingi, þá er litu brúði sitja þar hvíta. Síðan lietu {allir viðir {seimstalls}} sætu fara í friði og æru; fljóð og þjóðir var sátt.

The truth-knowing people sang the praise {of the mother of God} [= Mary] sweetly and for a long time when they saw the woman sitting there unblemished [lit. white]. Then {all the trees {of the gold-seat}} [ARM > MEN] let the lady go in peace and honour; the woman and the people were reconciled.

Mss: 721(13r)

Readings: [3] lýðir: lýðr 721    [5] sætu: sæta 721

Editions: Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV], [B. 4]. Et digt om Marias jærtegn 25: AII, 491, BII, 531, Skald II, 291, NN §§2869, 3397K; Kahle 1898, 36, 98-9, Sperber 1911, 7, 60-1, Wrightson 2001, 52.

Notes: [3] lýðir (m. nom. pl.) ‘people’: Lýðr ‘people’ (so 721) is in the sg. and the pl. form is required both by the syntax and by the metre. — [5] sætu (f. acc. sg.) ‘lady’: Sæta ‘lady’ is in the nom. and the syntax requires the acc. case. — [6] viðir seimstalls ‘trees of the gold-seat [ARM > MEN]’: This is an unusual kenning for ‘men’ because seimstalls ‘of the gold-seat’ (i.e. ‘of the arm’) is usually a determinant in kennings for ‘women’ (see Note to st. 23 above). Kock tries to solve that crux in various ways (seimstalls ‘of the snake-seat’ is ‘of gold’, NN §2869; seimstalls ‘of the gold-seat’ is ‘of the shield’, NN §3397K). Both interpretations are unparalleled and very strained. — [7] æru ‘honour’: This is a late loanword from MLG ēre ‘honour’ (see AEW: æra 1). — [8] var (3rd pers. sg. pret. indic.) ‘was’: The verb is in the sg. and the subject in the pl. (see NS §70).

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