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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anonymous Poems (Anon)

VII. Máríuvísur II (Mv II) - 24

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Máríuvísur II (‘Vísur about Mary II’) — Anon Mv IIVII

Kari Ellen Gade 2007, ‘ Anonymous, Máríuvísur II’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 701-17. <> (accessed 24 May 2022)

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Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV]: [B. 5]. En digt om et andet Maria-jærtegn, Máríuvísur II (AII, 492-6, BII, 532-38)

SkP info: VII, 704

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4 — Anon Mv II 4VII

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríuvísur II 4’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 704.

Sýnaz máttu sögð hjón
sjúku fólki auðmjúk
föðurliga fagrráð
fátækum örlát.
Hævesk og hugljúf
hverjum, þeim í nánd er,
vurðu þau; af velferð
veldi tók að þróaz heldr.

Sögð hjón máttu sýnaz auðmjúk sjúku fólki, fagrráð föðurliga, örlát fátækum. Þau vurðu hævesk og hugljúf hverjum, þeim er í nánd; veldi tók heldr að þróaz af velferð.

The said couple could seem humble to sick people, fair-counselling in a fatherly fashion, generous to the poor. They became courteous and kind to anyone who is near; their power began to increase greatly from prosperity.

Mss: 713(85), 721(13v)

Readings: [3] fagr‑: so 721, fögr 713    [7] vurðu: urðu 713, 721

Editions: Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV], [B. 5]. En digt om et andet Maria-jærtegn 4: AII, 492, BII, 533, Skald II, 292, NN §3266D; Kahle 1898, 38, 99, Sperber 1911, 10, 62, Wrightson 2001, 56.

Notes: [1] hjón (n. nom. pl.) ‘couple’: The noun is always used in the pl. in this sense, which accounts for the pl. forms of the verb and adjectives. — [3] fagrráð (n. nom. pl.) ‘fair-counselling’: Fögr (n. nom. or acc. pl.) ‘fair’ (so 713) must stem from the reanalysis of the adj. -ráð (n. nom. sg.) ‘counselling’ as the noun ráð (n. nom. or acc. pl.) ‘counsels’. — [5] hævesk ... hugljúf ‘courteous ... loving’: For the rhyme -æv- : -úf-, see ANG §§240.1, 250. Hævesk ‘courteous’ (earlier hœversk) is a loanword from MLG hövesch ‘courteous’ (see AEW: hœverskr). — [7] vurðu (3rd pers. pl. pret. indic.) ‘became’: Earlier urðu: the reintroduction (by analogy; see ANG §235.1a, Anm. 1.) of the initial consonant is warranted by the alliteration.

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