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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

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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.

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


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