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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Vitn 23VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Vitnisvísur af Máríu 23’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 755-6.

Anonymous PoemsVitnisvísur af Máríu

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Runnu ríkamanni
reiðimál og eiðar;
beiðir giekk við brúðar
borða hverju orði.
Lýsti ljúfliga ástir
lundur silkigrundar
auðs, og unni síðan
ágætt víf sem lífi.

Reiðimál og eiðar runnu ríkamanni; {beiðir borða} giekk við hverju orði brúðar. {Lundur auðs} lýsti ljúfliga ástir {silkigrundar}, og ágætt víf unni síðan sem lífi.
‘The wrathful speech and the oaths left the powerful man; the demander of shields [WARRIOR] admitted to the woman’s every word. The tree of wealth [MAN] fondly declared love [lit. loves] for the silk-ground [WOMAN], and the famous lady later loved [him] like her own life.

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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 23: AII, 486, BII, 525, Skald II, 288; NN §§1677C, 2861; Kahle 1898, 54-5, 103, Sperber 1911, 28, 72-3, Wrightson 2001, 38.


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