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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Vitn 6VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Vitnisvísur af Máríu 6’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 744.

Anonymous PoemsVitnisvísur af Máríu

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‘Ann eg fyrir allar kvinnur
ágætust, þier, sæta;
várr er víst svá fjarri
vili við yðr að skiljaz.’
Hun kvað sjálfrátt sveini
sett að styrkja þetta
— trú gaf tígnarmeyja
tállaust — festarmálum.

‘Eg ann þier fyrir allar kvinnur, ágætust sæta; vili várr er víst svá fjarri að skiljaz við yðr.’ Hun kvað sjálfrátt sett sveini að styrkja þetta festarmálum; tígnarmeyja gaf trú tállaust.
‘‘I love you above all women, most magnificent lady; our [my] wish is certainly so far from being to part from you.’ She said it was entirely up to the boy himself to confirm this with words of betrothal; the honourable maiden gave her trust without deceit.

notes and context



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 6: AII, 484, BII, 521, Skald II, 286; Kahle 1898, 51, 102, Sperber 1911, 24, 70, Wrightson 2001, 29.


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