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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Líkn 18VII

George S. Tate (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Líknarbraut 18’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 248-9.

Anonymous PoemsLíknarbraut

text and translation

Guðs var mær ok móðir
na hauðrs við dauða
hýr með hjarta sáru
hildings ok píningar.
Víst bar víf it hæsta
vátar kiðr af gráti,
sonr, þá er sárr af benjum
siðnenninn dó hennar.

{Hýr mær ok móðir guðs} var með sáru hjarta við dauða ok píningar {hildings {mána hauðrs}}. Víst bar it hæsta víf kiðr vátar af gráti, þá er hennar siðnenninn sonr dó, sárr af benjum.
‘The mild maiden and mother of God [= Mary] was with a sore heart at the death and torments of the king of the moon’s land [SKY/HEAVEN > = God (= Christ)]. Certainly the highest woman bore cheeks wet from weeping when her virtue-striving son died, sore from wounds.

notes and context

Mary standing at the foot of the Cross weeping (stabat mater dolorosa) is a recurrent motif in poetry of the Passion.



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 [XIII], C. 1. Líknarbraut 18: AII, 153-4, BII, 165, Skald II, 87; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1844, 40-1, Rydberg 1907, 14, 49, Tate 1974, 63.


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