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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mv I 4VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríuvísur I 4’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 681-2.

Anonymous PoemsMáríuvísur I

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Áðr var eiginbrúðar
andaðr í því landi
(átti hun eina dóttur)
unnandi (vel kunna).
Hennar bað með heiðri
heiðursmaðr, og greiðiz
mundrinn; fyldiz frændum
frægð, en tókuz mægðir.

Áðr var unnandi eiginbrúðar andaðr í því landi; hun átti eina dóttur, vel kunna. Heiðursmaðr bað hennar með heiðri, og mundrinn greiðiz; frægð fyldiz frændum, en mægðir tókuz.
‘Earlier the husband [lit. lover] of the wife had died in that land; she had one daughter, well accomplished. A man of honour asked for her hand with honour, and the dowry is paid; fame was achieved for the relatives, and the kinship by marriage was established.

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Text is based on reconstruction from the base text and variant apparatus and may contain alternative spellings and other normalisations not visible in the manuscript text. Transcriptions may not have been checked and should not be cited.

editions and texts

Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV], [B. 4]. Et digt om Marias jærtegn 4: AII, 488, BII, 526-7, Skald II, 289; Kahle 1898, 32, 97, Sperber 1911, 2, 56, Wrightson 2001, 41.


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