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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Vitn 26VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Vitnisvísur af Máríu 26’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 757.

Anonymous PoemsVitnisvísur af Máríu

Væri eg skyldr að skýra,
skínandi mey, þína
dýrð jartegnar orðum,
ynnilig, sem eg kynni.
Taktu ór sárum sektum,
sönn hjálparvón mönnum,
andir sviftar syndum,
sætt víf, að eilífu.

Væri eg skyldr að skýra, ynnilig, skínandi mey, dýrð þína orðum jartegnar, sem eg kynni. Taktu, sönn hjálparvón mönnum, andir, sviftar syndum, ór sárum sektum, sætt víf, að eilífu.

I should be obliged to explain, loveable, shining Virgin, your virtue of miracles with words, as well as I could. Take, true salvation-hope for men, the spirits, snatched from sins, out of bitter outlawry, sweet lady, forever.

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

Readings: [5] ór: om. 721

Editions: Skj AII, 487, Skj BII, 525-6, Skald II, 288; NN §2668; Kahle 1898, 55, Sperber 1911, 29, 73, Wrightson 2001, 39.

Notes: [7] sönn hjálparvón mönnum ‘true salvation-hope for men’: For terms of this type, see Schottmann (1973, 66-7). — [8]: 713 adds amen after the last word of the l.


  1. Bibliography
  2. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  3. NN = Kock, Ernst Albin. 1923-44. Notationes Norrœnæ: Anteckningar till Edda och skaldediktning. Lunds Universitets årsskrift new ser. 1. 28 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  4. Schottmann, Hans. 1973. Die isländische Mariendichtung. Untersuchungen zur volkssprachigen Mariendichtung des Mittelalters. Münchner germanistische Beiträge 9. Munich: Fink.
  5. Sperber, Hans, ed. 1911. Sechs isländische Gedichte legendarischen Inhalts. Uppsala Universitets årsskrift, filosofi, språkvetenskap och historiska vetenskaper 2. Uppsala: Akademische Buchdruckerei Edv. Berling.
  6. 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.
  7. Kahle, Bernhard, ed. 1898. Isländische geistliche Dichtungen des ausgehenden Mittelalters. Heidelberg: Winter.

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