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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 25 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, 724

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9 — Anon Mv III 9VII

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríuvísur III 9’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 724.

Tíða sinna tregbjóðr
trúar hafði ei gáð nú;
heyriliga hann hefr þær;
henni boðaz dýrð tvenn.
Lítið fekk hann lesið út;
líðr svá að honum stríð;
‘Áve Máría,’ hann upp hóf
óttafullr og dó skjótt.

Nú hafði {tregbjóðr trúar} ei gáð tíða sinna; hann hefr þær heyriliga; tvenn dýrð boðaz henni. Lítið fekk hann lesið út; stríð líðr svá að honum; ‘Áve Máría,’ hóf hann upp, óttafullr, og dó skjótt.

Now {the slow-preacher of faith} [NEGLIGENT PRIEST] had not observed his hours; he begins them audibly; a double glory is proclaimed to her. Little was he able to read out; the toil afflicts him so; ‘Hail Mary,’ he began, fearful, and died at once.

Mss: 721(16r), 1032ˣ(146v-147v)

Readings: [8] óttafullr: ‘[...] óttafullr’ 721, í óttafullr 1032ˣ

Editions: Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV], [B. 6]. Et digt om et tredje Maria-jærtegn 9: AII, 497, BII, 540, Skald II, 296, Metr. §8B; Kahle 1898, 44-5, 100, Sperber 1911, 17, 65, Wrightson 2001, 71.

Notes: [3] heyriliga ‘audibly’: Heyriliga can also mean ‘properly, fittingly’. — [4] tvenn dýrð ‘a double glory’: According to Mar (1871, 605), the cleric recited some verses of Venite (Ps. XCV) and ‘Hail Mary’. — [6] stríð líðr svá að honum ‘the toil afflicts him so’: I.e. his difficulties in trying to save himself in the river. The cl. could also refer to his spiritual distress (stríð). — [7] Áve ... hóf: For this internal rhyme, see ANG §§240.1, 250. — [8] óttafullr ‘fearful’: A letter seems to be erased before this word in 721, and 1032ˣ has í ‘in’. The l. as it stands is both metrically and syntactically correct.

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