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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mv I 16VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríuvísur I 16’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 690.

Anonymous PoemsMáríuvísur I

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Flóði á frúinnar klæði
fári spent í tárum,
og með angri nógu
ófæltiliga mælti:
‘Sjáðu, in mjúka móðir,
mína þörf og pínu;
mig skulu meinum kvelja
menn og eldi brenna.

Spent fári flóði í tárum á klæði frúinnar, og mælti ófæltiliga með nógu angri: ‘Sjáðu, in mjúka móðir, mína þörf og pínu; menn skulu kvelja mig meinum og brenna eldi.
‘Surrounded with danger, she was flooded with tears [which ran] onto the lady’s robe, and she spoke fearlessly with abundant grief: ‘See, gentle mother, my need and anguish; men are going to torture me with injuries and burn me with fire.

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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 16: AII, 489-90, BII, 529, Skald II, 290, NN §1686; Kahle 1898, 34, 98, Sperber 1911, 4-5, 59, Wrightson 2001, 47.


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