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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 ‘Then’

síðan (adv.): later, then

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[1]: The l. lacks internal rhyme.

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nam ‘began’

1. nema (verb): to take

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[1]: The l. lacks internal rhyme.

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sætar ‘sweet’

sœtr (adj.): sweet

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[1]: The l. lacks internal rhyme.

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ástir ‘love [lit. loves]’

ást (noun f.; °-ar; -ir): love

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[1]: The l. lacks internal rhyme.

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sprund ‘the woman’

sprund (noun f.): woman

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leggja ‘develop’

leggja (verb): put, lay

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Hlín ‘Hlín’

Hlín (noun f.): Hlín

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hvítust Hlín hrings
‘the fairest Hlín of the ring ’
   = WOMAN

the fairest Hlín of the ring → WOMAN
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hrings ‘of the ring’

1. hringr (noun m.; °-s, dat. -; -ar): ring; sword

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hvítust Hlín hrings
‘the fairest Hlín of the ring ’
   = WOMAN

the fairest Hlín of the ring → WOMAN
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af ‘away from’

af (prep.): from

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hvítust ‘the fairest’

hvítr (adj.; °-an; -ari, -astr): white

[4] hvítust sjaldan: hvít varliga 721

kennings

hvítust Hlín hrings
‘the fairest Hlín of the ring ’
   = WOMAN

the fairest Hlín of the ring → WOMAN

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[4] hvítust sjaldan ‘the fairest ... seldom’: The 721 variant, hvít varliga ‘the fair hardly’, is metrically and syntactically possible and has been adopted by Skj B, Skald and Sperber.

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sjaldan ‘seldom’

sjaldan (adv.): seldom

[4] hvítust sjaldan: hvít varliga 721

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[4] hvítust sjaldan ‘the fairest ... seldom’: The 721 variant, hvít varliga ‘the fair hardly’, is metrically and syntactically possible and has been adopted by Skj B, Skald and Sperber.

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stund ‘time’

stund (noun f.; °-ar, dat. -u/-; -ir): time, hour

[5] stund: ‘stun’ 721

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enn ‘again’

2. enn (adv.): still, yet, again

[6] enn: hann 713, 721

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[6] enn ‘again’: The ms. reading hann ‘he’ is a lectio facilior and leaves the l. without alliteration and aðalhending.

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svinnr ‘the clever’

2. svinnr (adj.): wise

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í ‘inside’

í (prep.): in, into

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[8] í einni kirkju ‘inside a church’: This prepositional phrase could also go with the following cl. (so Sperber), but see Mar (1871, 298): einn dag ero þꜹ stødd bęði saman i Mario kirkiutalandiz þar við ‘one day they were both standing together in the Church of Mary … while speaking to each other’.

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kirkju ‘church’

kirkja (noun f.): church

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[8] í einni kirkju ‘inside a church’: This prepositional phrase could also go with the following cl. (so Sperber), but see Mar (1871, 298): einn dag ero þꜹ stødd bęði saman i Mario kirkiutalandiz þar við ‘one day they were both standing together in the Church of Mary … while speaking to each other’.

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einni ‘a’

2. einn (pron.; °decl. cf. einn num.): one, alone

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[8] í einni kirkju ‘inside a church’: This prepositional phrase could also go with the following cl. (so Sperber), but see Mar (1871, 298): einn dag ero þꜹ stødd bęði saman i Mario kirkiutalandiz þar við ‘one day they were both standing together in the Church of Mary … while speaking to each other’.

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