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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Vitn 18VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Vitnisvísur af Máríu 18’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 752.

Anonymous PoemsVitnisvísur af Máríu

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‘Veit eg, að mjög er í móti,
minn guð, skipan þinni
með sambandi synda
sett jáyrði þetta.
Verð eg bert fyrir borði,
blessuð hjálp, í þessu,
enn sem ykkr er kunnigt
áðr mæðginum báðum.

‘Eg veit, guð minn, að þetta jáyrði, sett með sambandi synda, er mjög í móti skipan þinni. Eg verð bert fyrir borði í þessu, blessuð hjálp; enn sem áðr er kunnigt ykkr báðum mæðginum.
‘‘I know, my God, that this consent, given with the union of sins, is much against your decree. I am clearly wronged in this, blessed help; now as before it is known to you both, mother and son.

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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 18: AII, 486, BII, 523-4, Skald II, 287; Kahle 1898, 53, 103, Sperber 1911, 27, 72, Wrightson 2001, 35.


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