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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
141516

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.

Mss: 721(13r), 1032ˣ(87v-88v)

Readings: [1] Fór: ‘F[...]’ 721, ‘F.’ 1032ˣ    [6] * feskasta: ið feskasta 721

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

Notes: [1] fór ‘went’: The abbreviation for <or> is torn off in 721, but the <r> is ensured by the internal rhyme (-ór : -ár-). — [2] musterið ‘the church’: For this word, see Note to Vitn 15/3. — [6] * feskasta líkneskju (f. acc. sg.) ‘the most beautiful effigy’: The def. art. (n. acc. sg.) ‘the’ (ið feskasta líkneskju ‘the most beautiful effigy’; so 721) is ungrammatical because líkneskju ‘effigy’ is f. acc. sg. Furthermore, the def. art. makes the l. unmetrical (heptasyllabic with the main stave in position two). For the phrase fesk líkneskja ‘beautiful effigy’ see Vitn 17/6.

References

  1. Bibliography
  2. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  3. Sperber, Hans, ed. 1911. Sechs isländische Gedichte legendarischen Inhalts. Uppsala Universitets årsskrift, filosofi, språkvetenskap och historiska vetenskaper 2. Uppsala: Akademische Buchdruckerei Edv. Berling.
  4. Wrightson, Kellinde, ed. 2001. Fourteenth-Century Icelandic Verse on the Virgin Mary: Drápa af Maríugrát, Vitnisvísur af Maríu, Maríuvísur I-III. Viking Society for Northern Research Text Series 14. University College London: Viking Society for Northern Research.
  5. Kahle, Bernhard, ed. 1898. Isländische geistliche Dichtungen des ausgehenden Mittelalters. Heidelberg: Winter.
  6. Internal references
  7. Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Vitnisvísur af Máríu 15’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 750.
  8. Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Vitnisvísur af Máríu 17’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 751-2.
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