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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Vitn 14VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Vitnisvísur af Máríu 14’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 749-50.

Anonymous PoemsVitnisvísur af Máríu

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Spurði hringa hirði
herra ríkr að slíku;
sætu sögn í móti
sór hann eiða stóra.
Guðs fyrir nýtar náðir
nefndur byskup stefndi
vænn til vátta sinna
virkr í Máríukirkju.

Ríkr herra spurði {hirði hringa} að slíku; hann sór stóra eiða í móti sögn sætu. Fyrir nýtar náðir guðs stefndi nefndur, vænn, virkr byskup til vátta sinna í Máríukirkju.
‘The powerful lord asked the keeper of rings [MAN] about this; he swore great oaths against the assertions of the woman. Because of the beneficial grace [lit. graces] of God, the afore-mentioned good, considerate bishop summoned [him] to his witnesses in the Church of Mary.

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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 14: AII, 485, BII, 523, Skald II, 287, NN §1677A; Kahle 1898, 52, Sperber 1911, 26, 71, Wrightson 2001, 33.


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