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Anon Brúðv 18VII

Valgerður Erna Þorvaldsdóttir (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Brúðkaupsvísur 18’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 541-2.

Anonymous PoemsBrúðkaupsvísur
171819

‘Vingun muna vera leingr
— veld eg því eigi að heldr —
og eyðaz ástúð,
okkr svá mun fara loks,
nema eina auð-Rán
aðra látir nú í stað,
hristir þá er hafið fest,
hnossa, en munið oss.

‘Vingun muna vera leingr og ástúð eyðaz; eg veld því eigi að heldr; loks mun okkr svá fara, nema látir eina aðra {auð-Rán} nú í stað, þá er hafið fest, {hristir hnossa}, en munið oss.

‘The friendship will not last [any] longer and affection will come to nothing; I do not cause it either; in the end it will turn out like that for us, unless you forsake that one other {gold-Rán <goddess>} [WOMAN] here and now, to whom you have betrothed yourself, {shaker of treasures} [GENEROUS MAN], and remember us [me].

Mss: 721(14v), 1032ˣ(105v), 399a-bˣ(7-8), 2166ˣ(7-8)

Readings: [3] eyðaz: eyðar 721

Editions: ÍM II, 132.

Notes: [All]: This st. is a little difficult to understand, although the general thrust of it is clear: Mary is telling the young man to choose her over his human betrothed, if he wants to continue their relationship. Presumably, vingun ‘friendship’ (l. 1) refers to the friendship between the young man and Mary, not to his relationship with his human fiancée. — [3] eyðaz ‘destroy’: The emendation was suggested by Jón Helgason. Jón Sigurðsson suggested the reading eiðar in the margin in 399a-bˣ, which the scribe of 2166ˣ adopted in the main text, giving the original reading eyðar in the margin.

References

  1. Bibliography
  2. ÍM = Jón Helgason, ed. 1936-8. Íslenzk miðaldarkvæði: Islandske digte fra senmiddelalderen. 2 vols. Copenhagen: Munksgaard.
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