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Anon Brúðv 33VII

Valgerður Erna Þorvaldsdóttir (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Brúðkaupsvísur 33’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 553.

Anonymous PoemsBrúðkaupsvísur
3233

Oss bjargi Jésús;
ógnframr himins gramr
dýrðar láti vár orð
endaz, meðan veröld stendr,
svá að heim á degi dóms
dróttinn í unaðs gnótt
ýta laði ágætr
alla; það er bragar fall.

Jésús bjargi oss; {ógnframr gramr himins} láti vár dýrðar orð endaz, meðan veröld stendr, svá að ágætr dróttinn laði alla ýta heim í gnótt unaðs á dóms degi; það er fall bragar.

May Jesus save us; may {the ruler of heaven, outstanding} [= God] in battle, make our words of glory last as long as the world exists, so that the magnificent Lord may invite all men home to abundance of joy on Judgement Day; that is the end of the poem.

Mss: 721(15r), 1032ˣ(112v), 399a-bˣ(13-14), 2166ˣ(13-14)

Readings: [2] himins: so 399a‑bˣ, 2166ˣ, ‘him̄es’ 721, 1032ˣ    [3] vár: ór corrected from ‘vór’ 399a‑bˣ, ór 2166ˣ    [5] heim: ‘vands hēi⸜a⸝’ 1032ˣ, 399a‑bˣ, 2166ˣ    [6] unaðs (‘vāds’): ‘vogt’ 1032ˣ, 399a‑bˣ, 2166ˣ;    gnótt (‘nógt’): om. 1032ˣ, 399a‑bˣ, 2166ˣ

Editions: ÍM II, 136.

Notes: [3] vár: The scribe of 2166ˣ writes ór in the main text, but mentions the original reading in the margin. — [5] heim: Jón Sigurðsson suggests the reading heims in the margin of 399a-bˣ. — [6] í unaðs: ‘vāds’ is written in the left margin in 721, and the scribe has put a sign to indicate where it should be inserted into the text. Jón Sigurðsson suggests í ríki sitt in the margin in 399a-bˣ. — [6] gnótt ‘abundance’: 721’s ‘nógt’ must be read gnótt (cf. 28/8), as indicated by internal rhyme (drótt : gnótt). All the other mss omit this word.

References

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