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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 17 May 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, 736-7

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28 — Anon Mv III 28VII

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríuvísur III 28’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 736-7.

Máría, ertu sköpuð skær,
skærust, og guði kær;
kæran, muntu duga, dýr,
dýru fólki, lofskýr.
Skýrust má; sektsár
sárin láttu gróa vár;
vára kenni eg nauð nær;
næri vertu, guðs mær.

Skærust Máría, ertu sköpuð skær og kær guði; dýr kæran, muntu duga dýru fólki, lofskýr. Skýrust má; láttu sektsár sárin vár gróa; eg kenni nauð vára nær; vertu næri, {mær guðs}.

Luminous Mary, you are created luminous and dear to God; precious darling, you will help precious people, praise-bright. The brightest one is powerful; let our guilt-sore sores heal; I feel that our distress is near; be nearby, {Virgin of God} [= Mary].

Mss: 721(16v)

Editions: Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV], [B. 6]. Et digt om et tredje Maria-jærtegn 28: AII, 500, BII, 544, Skald II, 298; Kahle 1898, 49, 102, Sperber 1911, 21, 69, Wrightson 2001, 80.

Notes: [All]: Throughout this st., the poet is availing himself of end-rhymes as well as internal rhymes, thus linking the end of one l. to the beginning of the next. For this poetic device, see Ht 47 (iðurmælt ‘repeatedly spoken’; SnE 1999, 22). 1032ˣ (155v-156v) reverses the order of sts 28 and 29. — [5, 6] má ... láttu (3rd pers. sg. pres. indic.; imp. sg.) ‘is powerful ... let’: The present edn follows Wrightson. Skj B and Skald emend to máttu láta ‘you must let’ and treat skýrust ‘brightest one’ as a form of address.

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