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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mv I 20VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríuvísur I 20’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 693.

Anonymous PoemsMáríuvísur I

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Hlóðu bál að brúði,
brann umhverfis svanna
allr, á víðum velli,
viðköstur í fasta.
Vald Máríu völdugt
vinnr syndugri kvinnu
bót, svá að hyrr inn heiti
hlífir frúinnar lífi.

Hlóðu bál að brúði á víðum velli; allr viðköstur brann í fasta umhverfis svanna. Völdugt vald Máríu vinnr bót syndugri kvinnu, svá að inn heiti hyrr hlífir lífi frúinnar.
‘They stacked a pyre about the lady on a wide field; the entire woodpile burned in flame around the woman. The powerful power of Mary provides help for the sinful woman so that the hot fire spares the life of the lady.

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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 20: AII, 490, BII, 530, Skald II, 291, NN §§1680B, 3360; Kahle 1898, 35, 98, Sperber 1911, 5-6, 59, Wrightson 2001, 49.


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