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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Vitn 2VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Vitnisvísur af Máríu 2’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 741.

Anonymous PoemsVitnisvísur af Máríu

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Stýrðu, Andréas, orðum
yfirskínandi, mínum,
ást, því að eg vil treysta
jafnan þínu nafni,
því að Máríu meyjar
móður guðs í óði
enn vilda eg inna
jartegn firum bjarta.

Andréas, yfirskínandi ást, stýrðu orðum mínum, því að eg vil jafnan treysta nafni þínu, því að eg vilda enn inna firum bjarta jartegn Máríu meyjar, {móður guðs}, í óði.
‘Andrew, radiant [lit. over-shining] love, guide my words, because I will always trust in your name, because I would like yet again to tell men about a bright miracle of the Virgin Mary, mother of God [= Mary], in poetry.

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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 2: AII, 483, BII, 520, Skald II, 285, NN §1674; Kahle 1898, 50, Sperber 1911, 23, 69-70, Wrightson 2001, 27.


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