Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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VII. Máríuvísur III (Mv III) - 30

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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, 737

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29 — Anon Mv III 29VII

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríuvísur III 29’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 737.

Máría, gief þú, meyin dýr,
mjúkust, þeim eð er sjúkr,
linun, að laung pín
líði, sú er vár bíðr,
því að ór heimi, hæst blóm,
hieðan, trúi eg, oss kveðr
sannur guð sonr þinn;
sálum hjálpi þitt mál.

Mjúkust Máría, gief þú, dýr meyin, linun, þeim eð er sjúkr, að laung pín, sú er bíðr vár, líði, því að, hæst blóm, sannur guð, sonr þinn, kveðr oss hieðan ór heimi, trúi eg; mál þitt hjálpi sálum.

Gentlest Mary, give, precious Virgin, comfort to the one who is sick, so that the long torment which awaits us may pass, because, highest blossom, the true God, your son, will call us away from this world, I believe; may your plea help souls.

Mss: 721(16v)

Editions: Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV], [B. 6]. Et digt om et tredje Maria-jærtegn 29: AII, 500, BII, 544-5, Skald II, 298-9, Metr. §17D; Kahle 1898, 49, Sperber 1911, 22, 69, Wrightson 2001, 81.

Notes: [All]: For the echoes of Hail Mary (ora pro nobis ‘pray for us’), see Notes to Mv I 28. — [5-8]: The last helmingr is difficult syntactically. — [5] hæst blóm ‘highest blossom’: For terms of this type for the Virgin Mary, see Schottmann (1973, 21-34). — [6] oss ... kveðr ‘us ... will call’: Skj B and Skald insert the conj. er ‘when’ before oss ‘us’, which gives the following translation of the second helmingr: ‘because I believe, highest blossom, that, when the true God, your son, calls us away from this world, your words will save the souls’. Wrightson makes no emendations and gives the following translation: ‘because I believe that true God, your son, will call us hence out of the world; may your speech save souls’. The problem with both readings is that they presuppose a suppressed conj. ‘that’ (eg trúi, ‘I believe that’), and that conj. cannot be omitted. — [8]: The word amen is added after the last word of the l. in 721.

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