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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mv I 28VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríuvísur I 28’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 698-9.

Anonymous PoemsMáríuvísur I

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Lúta þier í þrautum
þjóðir, dróttins móðir;
bergr þú manni mörgum,
mest þá er þurfa flestir.
Aldri muntu eldi
enn vilja þann brenna
þinn, er þig hefir kunnað
þræl, Máría sæla.

Þjóðir lúta þier í þrautum, {móðir dróttins}; þú bergr mörgum manni, þá er flestir þurfa mest. Aldri muntu vilja þann þræl þinn, er hefir kunnað þig, enn brenna eldi, sæla Máría.
‘People bow down to you in distress [lit. distresses], mother of the Lord [= Mary]; you save many a person, when they [lit. most] need it the most. Never will you wish that servant of yours, who has known you, still to burn in fire, blessed 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 28: AII, 491, BII, 532, Skald II, 292; Kahle 1898, 37, 98, Sperber 1911, 7-8, 61, Wrightson 2001, 53.


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