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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Vitn 24VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Vitnisvísur af Máríu 24’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 756.

Anonymous PoemsVitnisvísur af Máríu

Hier mátti nú heyra
hitnað elskuvitni,
það er sannindin sýndi
sönn fyrir guði og mönnum.
Þá mun bjarga beimum
blíð Máría tíðast,
mest í meinum læstir
menn er þurfa hennar.

Hier mátti nú heyra hitnað elskuvitni, það er sýndi sönn sannindin fyrir guði og mönnum. Þá mun blíð Máría tíðast bjarga beimum, er menn, læstir í meinum, þurfa hennar mest.

Here one now could hear the heated testimony of love, which revealed the real truth before God and men. Gentle Mary will most often save people, when men, locked in misery, need her the most.

Mss: 713(85), 721(12v)

Readings: [7] mest: so 721, mest eru 713;    læstir: ‘[...]stir’ 721

Editions: Skj AII, 487, Skj BII, 525, Skald II, 288; Kahle 1898, 55, 103, Sperber 1911, 28-9, 73, Wrightson 2001, 38.



  1. Bibliography
  2. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  3. Sperber, Hans, ed. 1911. Sechs isländische Gedichte legendarischen Inhalts. Uppsala Universitets årsskrift, filosofi, språkvetenskap och historiska vetenskaper 2. Uppsala: Akademische Buchdruckerei Edv. Berling.
  4. Wrightson, Kellinde, ed. 2001. Fourteenth-Century Icelandic Verse on the Virgin Mary: Drápa af Maríugrát, Vitnisvísur af Maríu, Maríuvísur I-III. Viking Society for Northern Research Text Series 14. University College London: Viking Society for Northern Research.
  5. Kahle, Bernhard, ed. 1898. Isländische geistliche Dichtungen des ausgehenden Mittelalters. Heidelberg: Winter.

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