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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Vitn 1VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Vitnisvísur af Máríu 1’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 740-1.

Anonymous PoemsVitnisvísur af Máríu

text and translation

Heyrðu til upphafsorða,
alls vinnandi, minna,
þrennr og einn í þinni
þrenning, er guð kenniz.
Láttu, líknar dróttinn,
lausnari minn, af þinni
greiðaz göfgað kvæði,
góðr, háleitri móður.

Heyrðu til upphafsorða minna, {vinnandi alls}, þrennr og einn í þrenning þinni, er kenniz guð. {Dróttinn líknar}, góðr lausnari minn, láttu greiðaz göfgað kvæði af háleitri móður þinni.
‘Listen to my opening words, maker of everything [= God], threefold and one in your Trinity, who is acknowledged as God. Lord of mercy [= God (= Christ)], my good redeemer, let a glorious poem be produced about your exalted mother.

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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. 3]. Vitnisvísur af Maríu 1: AII, 483, BII, 520, Skald II, 285, NN §2668; Jón Þorkelsson 1888, 42, Kahle 1898, 49-50, Sperber 1911, 23, 69, Wrightson 2001, 27.


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