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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mv I 26VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríuvísur I 26’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 697.

Anonymous PoemsMáríuvísur I

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Hrings nam heim að ganga
Hlín í kirkju sína;
þakkar líf og lukku
lút þreyjandi meyju.
Skrifa liet baugs á briefi
brík jartegnir slíkar,
að Máríe meyjar
margfaldi lof aldir.

{Hlín hrings} nam að ganga heim í kirkju sína; lút, þreyjandi þakkar meyju líf og lukku. {Brík baugs} liet skrifa slíkar jartegnir á briefi, að aldir margfaldi lof Máríe meyjar.
‘The Hlín <goddess> of the ring [WOMAN] proceeded to go home into her church; kneeling [lit. stooped], yearning, she thanks the Virgin for her life and luck. The plank of the ring [WOMAN] had such miracles written in a document, so that people may multiply the praise 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 26: AII, 491, BII, 531-2, Skald II, 291; Kahle 1898, 36, 99, Sperber 1911, 7, 61, Wrightson 2001, 52.


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