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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, 734-5

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25 — Anon Mv III 25VII

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríuvísur III 25’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 734-5.

Göfugligt guðs víf
giefr fyrir utan ef
hófi hægt líf;
heimar skiftuz klerk þeim.
Síðan undir sátt bauð
sættandi fljóð* mætt,
að hann rietti ráð sitt;
rausnar var það fögr lausn.

{Göfugligt víf guðs} giefr fyrir utan ef hægt líf hófi; heimar skiftuz þeim klerk. Síðan bauð mætt, sættandi fljóð* undir sátt, að hann rietti ráð sitt; það var fögr lausn rausnar.

{The glorious wife of God} [= Mary] grants [the man] without doubt a pleasant life according to his ability; worlds were exchanged for that cleric. Then the splendid, reconciling lady stipulated in accordance with the reconciliation that he should mend his ways; that was a fine redemption of esteem.

Mss: 721(16v), 1032ˣ(154v)

Readings: [3] (‘ạṭ’): so 1032ˣ, ‘[...]’ 721    [6] fljóð*: fljóðið 721

Editions: Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV], [B. 6]. Et digt om et tredje Maria-jærtegn 25: AII, 500, BII, 544, Skald II, 298, NN §1706, Metr. §§12C, 14A, 17C; Kahle 1898, 48, 102, Sperber 1911, 21, 68-9, Wrightson 2001, 79.

Notes: [1] víf guðs ‘wife of God’: For an analysis of such references to the Virgin Mary, see Schottmann 1973, 92-4. — [3] að hófi ‘according to his [the cleric’s] ability’: The prep. ‘with’ (‘ạṭ’ in 1032ˣ) is conjectural, and the phrase is difficult to translate in this context (see NN §1706). Skj B and Skald both supply af ‘from’ rather than ‘according to’, and read med mådehold ‘with moderation’ (so Skj B) or av nåd ‘from mercy’ (so NN §1706). Wrightson translates it as ‘moderately’. The corresponding place in Mar (1871, 607-8) reads as follows: Nu huerf aptr til þins likamaok hygg at uanduirkuliga, huersu þier hæfir að lifa ‘Now return to your body … and think about it carefully, how it behoves you to live’. — [6] fljóð* ‘lady’: So Skald. The ms. reading (fljóðið ‘the lady’) is unmetrical, because the word in penultimate position must be monosyllabic or consist of two short syllables. — [8] lausn rausnar ‘redemption of esteem’: For rausn ‘esteem’ see Fritzner: rausn 1. Skj B takes this as a cpd rausnarlausn ‘splendid redemption’ whose parts are separated by tmesis. Wrightson treats rausnar (f. gen. sg.) as an otherwise unattested adv. ‘splendidly’.

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