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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anonymous Poems (Anon)

VII. Máríuvísur III (Mv III) - 30

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Máríuvísur III (‘Vísur about Mary III’) — Anon Mv IIIVII

Kari Ellen Gade 2007, ‘ Anonymous, Máríuvísur III’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 718-38. <> (accessed 26 June 2022)

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Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV]: [B. 6]. Et digt om et tredje Maria-jærtegn, Máríuvísur III (AII, 496-500, BII, 538-45)

SkP info: VII, 727

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15 — Anon Mv III 15VII

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríuvísur III 15’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 727.

‘Siða skyldar svá guð
sannan vera hvern mann;
hæfilæti og hreint líf
háleitt er það lögmál.
Hier í móti að hann fór
háðuliga með sitt ráð;
fleiri gjörði hann verk vár
en vili guðs að stóð til.’

‘Svá skyldar guð hvern mann vera sannan siða; hæfilæti og hreint líf, það er háleitt lögmál. Hier í móti fór hann háðuliga að með ráð sitt; hann gjörði fleiri verk vár, en að vili guðs stóð til.’

‘Thus God decrees that each man should be true in morals; moderation and a pure life, that is a sublime law. Against this, he dealt shamefully with his condition; he did more of our deeds than God’s will warranted.’

Mss: 721(16r)

Editions: Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV], [B. 6]. Et digt om et tredje Maria-jærtegn 15: AII, 498, BII, 541, Skald II, 297, NN §§1698B, 1701, 3367, Metr. §14B; Kahle 1898, 46, 101, Sperber 1911, 18, 66, Wrightson 2001, 74.

Notes: [3] hæfilæti og hreint líf ‘moderation and a pure life’: Skj B takes this with the first cl. of the helmingr, which is syntactically problematic (see NN §3367). — [5] fór að ‘dealt’: In the present edn, this is treated as a verb-adv. collocation (see Fritzner: fara at 4, 5). — [7] hann gjörði fleiri verk vár ‘he did more of our deeds’: Cf. Mar (1871, 606): med þui at aungvann hlut giordi hann utan vor uerk ‘because he did nothing except for our deeds’.

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