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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Vitn 10VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Vitnisvísur af Máríu 10’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 746-7.

Anonymous PoemsVitnisvísur af Máríu

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Brátt nam mikill að mætti
meyjar faðir að deyja;
tóku tígn og ríki
tiggja frændr að þiggja.
Eftir erfðaskifti
óttaz konungsins dóttir
mein og meðferð sína
— minkaz auðr — í nauðum.

Brátt nam faðir meyjar, mikill að mætti, að deyja; frændr tiggja tóku að þiggja tígn og ríki. Eftir erfðaskifti óttaz dóttir konungsins mein og meðferð sína í nauðum; auðr minkaz.
‘Suddenly the maiden’s father, great in power, died; the ruler’s kinsmen received rank and realm. After the division of inheritance the king’s daughter fears trouble and her treatment in distress [lit. distresses]; her wealth diminishes.

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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 10: AII, 484, BII, 522, Skald II, 286, NN §3358A; Kahle 1898, 51-2, Sperber 1911, 25, 70, Wrightson 2001, 31.


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