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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mv I 18VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríuvísur I 18’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 691-2.

Anonymous PoemsMáríuvísur I

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‘Fel eg nú, frú mín sælust,’
fljóð mælir svá rjóðast,
‘lífs orðinnar æfi
enda þier á hendi.
Gangi öll, þó að illa
eg hafi gjört að segja,
málin, meyja heilög,
mín að vilja þínum.’

‘Nú fel eg, sælust frú mín,’ svá mælir rjóðast fljóð, ‘enda lífs orðinnar æfi á hendi þier. Gangi öll málin mín, heilög meyja, að vilja þínum, þó að eg hafi gjört illa að segja.’
‘‘Now I commend, my most blessed lady,’ thus speaks the most blushing woman, ‘the end of my life’s spent days into your hands. May all my matters, holy Virgin, proceed according to your will, even though I have told a terrible tale [lit. spoken ill].’

notes and context



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 18: AII, 490, BII, 530, Skald II, 290, NN §1687; Kahle 1898, 35, 98, Sperber 1911, 5, 59, Wrightson 2001, 48.


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