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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mv I 15VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríuvísur I 15’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 689-90.

Anonymous PoemsMáríuvísur I

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Fór, sú er flóði í tárum;
fann musterið svanni;
sína griet með greinum
gjörð og kraup að jörðu.
Þar sá flóðið fríða
* feskasta líkneskju,
þá er Máríu meyju
mynduð var til yndis.

Fór, sú er flóði í tárum; svanni fann musterið; griet gjörð sína með greinum og kraup að jörðu. Þar sá flóðið fríða feskasta líkneskju, þá er var mynduð til yndis Máríu meyju.
‘She who was flooded with tears went; the woman found the church; she wept for her deed with explanations and bent to the ground. There the fair lady saw the most beautiful effigy, which was fashioned for the pleasure of the Virgin Mary.

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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 15: AII, 489, BII, 529, Skald II, 290; Kahle 1898, 34, 98, Sperber 1911, 4, 59, Wrightson 2001, 47.


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