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Anonymous Poems (Anon)

VII. Máríuvísur III (Mv III) - 30

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

Kari Ellen Gade 2007, ‘(Introduction to) 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.

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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, 733

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22 — Anon Mv III 22VII

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríuvísur III 22’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 733.

Árar stukku, þegar þeir
þessa heyrðu gietið vess;
síðan yrðir sæl brúðr
sveitir þeira háleit:
‘hvessu máttu …
hælaz,’ kvað meyin sæl;
‘þennan kalla eg mier mann;
minna sie eg að þier vinnz.

Árar stukku, þegar þeir heyrðu þessa vess gietið; síðan yrðir sæl, háleit brúðr sveitir þeira: ‘Hvessu máttu hælaz …,’ kvað sæl meyin; ‘eg kalla mier þennan mann; eg sie, að minna vinnz þier.

The messengers ran away as soon as they heard this verse mentioned; then the blessed, exalted bride addresses their troops: ‘How can you boast …,’ said the blessed Virgin; ‘I claim this man for myself; I see that less is achieved for you.

Mss: 721(16v), 1032ˣ(152v-153v)

Readings: [2] heyrðu: so 1032ˣ, ‘h[...]dv’ 721    [5] máttu: so 1032ˣ, ‘m[...]v’ 721;    …: ‘[...]’ 721, ‘hior ...’ 1032ˣ    [7] mier mann: mann mier 721

Editions: Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV], [B. 6]. Et digt om et tredje Maria-jærtegn 22: AII, 499, BII, 543, Skald II, 298, NN §§1705, 3368; Kahle 1898, 47, 102, Sperber 1911, 20, 68, Wrightson 2001, 77.

Notes: [5]: After máttu ‘can you’, the scribe of 721 mistakenly continued to complete the l. with the words from st. 14/1-2 above, which had the same onset. He accordingly wrote í hendr oss himiríkis, lit. ‘against us of the heavenly kingdom’, which was then crossed out. The next words, which form the conclusion of l. 1, are no longer legible. They must have alliterated and carried internal rhyme. Skald supplies the form of address helskass ‘hell-troll’ (hap. leg.) (see NN §3368). Wrightson reads hjer ‘here’, which is unmetrical (two words are missing, not one). — [7] mier mann ‘for myself the man’: The words occur in the reverse order in the ms., but the second internal rhyme always falls in the ultimate position.

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