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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Vitn 5VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Vitnisvísur af Máríu 5’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 743.

Anonymous PoemsVitnisvísur af Máríu

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Síðan nam sætar ástir
seggr við sprund að leggja;
Hlín má hrings af sveini
hvítust sjaldan líta.
Eina stund með yndi
enn var staddr hjá henni
— talaði svinnr við svanna
sveinn — í kirkju einni.

Síðan nam seggr að leggja sætar ástir við sprund; {hvítust Hlín hrings} má sjaldan líta af sveini. Eina stund var enn staddr hjá henni með yndi í einni kirkju; svinnr sveinn talaði við svanna.
‘Then the man began to develop sweet love [lit. loves] for the woman; the fairest Hlín <goddess> of the ring [WOMAN] can seldom look away from the boy. One time [he] was again standing next to her with delight inside a church; the clever boy spoke to the girl.

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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 5: AII, 483, BII, 520-1, Skald II, 285; Kahle 1898, 50, 102, Sperber 1911, 24, 70, Wrightson 2001, 29.


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