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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mv I 29VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríuvísur I 29’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 699-700.

Anonymous PoemsMáríuvísur I

text and translation

Nú hefi eg út fyrir ýtum
intag svá, að minti —
inta jartegn eina
alhróðigs guðs móður.
Veittu, Máría, meiri
miskunn, en vier kunnum
oss, þá er andir missum,
iðröndum guð biðja.

Nú hefi eg inta eina jartegn {móður alhróðigs guðs} út fyrir ýtum; intag svá, að minti. Máría, veittu meiri miskunn, en vier kunnum biðja guð oss iðröndum, þá er missum andir.
‘Now I have told one miracle of the mother of all-glorious God [= Mary] to the end before the people; I composed it thus, so that it should be remembered. Mary, grant more mercy than we are able to ask God for us penitents, when we give up our spirits.

notes and context

[3]: The l. contains three alliterative staves. It could be that the glide [j] in jartegn ‘miracle’ was no longer felt to be a vowel that could participate in vowel alliteration.



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 29: AII, 491-2, BII, 532, Skald II, 292, NN §§1691, 1692, 2870; Kahle 1898, 37, Sperber 1911, 8, 61, Wrightson 2001, 54.


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