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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mv I 14VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríuvísur I 14’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 689.

Anonymous PoemsMáríuvísur I

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Öls bað æskiselja
angri mædd að ganga
mörk í Máríukirkju
menn, er hana skulu brenna,
þó að mjúklátri meyju
mild auðar-Bil vildi
sínar sorgir greina;
senn veittu þeir henni.

{Æskiselja öls}, mædd angri, bað menn, er skulu brenna hana, að ganga mörk í Máríukirkju, þó að {mild auðar-Bil} vildi greina sorgir sínar mjúklátri meyju; senn veittu þeir henni.
‘The wishing-willow of ale [WOMAN], weary with grief, asked the men, who are to burn her, to be allowed to walk through the forest to the Church of Mary, when the pious wealth-Bil <goddess> [WOMAN] wished to explain her sorrows to the gentle Virgin; at once they granted her that.

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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. 4]. Et digt om Marias jærtegn 14: AII, 489, BII, 529, Skald II, 290, NN §1685; Kahle 1898, 34, 98, Sperber 1911, 4, 58-9, Wrightson 2001, 46.


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