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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Vitn 19VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Vitnisvísur af Máríu 19’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 752-3.

Anonymous PoemsVitnisvísur af Máríu

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‘Láttu, líknarmey dróttins,
leiðaz próf, þar er beiðig
þig, að eg þörfnumz eigi,
þín, riettinda minna.
Sýndu með sætleiks anda
sveit, er alt gott veitir,
hvárt, in hæsta birti,
hefir sannara við annað.’

‘{Líknarmey dróttins}, láttu leiðaz próf þín, þar er beiðig þig, að eg þörfnumz eigi riettinda minna. Sýndu, in hæsta birti, er veitir alt gott, sveit með anda sætleiks, hvárt hefir sannara við annað.’
‘‘Merciful Virgin of the Lord [= Mary], let your testimonies be brought forward because I beg you, so that I shall not be without my justice. You, the highest brightness, who offers everything good, show to the crowd with a spirit of sweetness which one has the law on their side against the other.’

notes and context



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 19: AII, 486, BII, 524, Skald II, 287, NN §2668; Kahle 1898, 53-4, 103, Sperber 1911, 27, 72, Wrightson 2001, 36.


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