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Anon Vitn 17VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Vitnisvísur af Máríu 17’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 751-2.

Anonymous PoemsVitnisvísur af Máríu
161718

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Griet in göfga sæta
gangandi nú þangað,
gjör er var skriftin skæra
skýrst Máríu dýrstrar.
Laut að ljúfum fótum
líkneski þar fesku;
miskunn bað hun manna
minnaz eymdar sinnar.

In göfga sæta griet, nú gangandi þangað, er skýrst skriftin skæra dýrstrar Máríu var gjör. Laut að ljúfum fótum fesku líkneski þar; hun bað {miskunn manna} minnaz eymdar sinnar.
 
‘The glorious woman wept, now walking to where the clearest, shining image of most precious Mary was fashioned. She knelt at the beloved feet of the beautiful effigy there; she asked the mercy of men [= Mary] to be mindful of her misery.

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Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV], [B. 3]. Vitnisvísur af Maríu 17: AII, 485, BII, 523, Skald II, 287, NN §§1678, 2860; Kahle 1898, 53, 103, Sperber 1911, 27, 71-2, Wrightson 2001, 35.

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