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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Vitn 16VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Vitnisvísur af Máríu 16’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 751.

Anonymous PoemsVitnisvísur af Máríu

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‘Veiztu, að váttar æztir
vóru hjá, þá er fóru
festarorð, en firðiz
flokkr kaupmála okkarn.
Riett hygg eg, að þá þætti
því ráðið vel báðum’;
línvang kvað hann leingi
ljúga hvert orð drjúgum.

‘Veiztu, að æztir váttar vóru hjá, þá er festarorð fóru, en flokkr firðiz kaupmála okkarn. Hygg eg riett, að þá þætti báðum því vel ráðið’; leingi kvað hann {línvang} ljúga drjúgum hvert orð.
‘‘You know that the highest witnesses were present when the words of betrothal were uttered, but the crowd stayed away from our agreement. I rightly believe that it then seemed to us both that it had been well decided in this matter’; for a long time he said that the linen-field [WOMAN] lied excessively with each word.

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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 16: AII, 485, BII, 523, Skald II, 287, NN §2859; Kahle 1898, 53, 103, Sperber 1911, 26-7, 71, Wrightson 2001, 34.


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