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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Vitn 20VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Vitnisvísur af Máríu 20’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 753-4.

Anonymous PoemsVitnisvísur af Máríu

text and translation

Tók Máría mjúkust
mæla vörrum sælum
orð, svá að allir heyrðu
áhlýðandi lýðir:
‘Riett hermir þú hattar
hvert orð, vita skorða;
ósannindum undan
jungkærinn vill færaz.’

Mjúkust Máría tók mæla orð sælum vörrum, svá að allir áhlýðandi lýðir heyrðu: ‘Þú hermir hvert orð riett, {skorða {vita hattar}}; jungkærinn vill færaz undan ósannindum.’
‘Gentlest Mary began to speak words with blessed lips, so that all listening people heard: ‘You repeat each word correctly, prop of the beacon of the hat [GOLD > WOMAN]; the young man wants to escape by means of untruths.’

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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 20: AII, 486, BII, 524, Skald II, 287; Kahle 1898, 54, 103, Sperber 1911, 27-8, 72, Wrightson 2001, 36.


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