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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mv I 3VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríuvísur I 3’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 681.

Anonymous PoemsMáríuvísur I

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Rieð í borg svá breiðri
brúðr fyrir garði prúðum;
siðlátust hielt sæta
sæm miskunnar dæmi.
Næst kærligum Kristi
kæst elskaði hæsta
Máríu drotning dýra
drós í verkum ljósum.

Brúðr rieð fyrir prúðum garði í svá breiðri borg; siðlátust sæta hielt sæm dæmi miskunnar. Næst kærligum Kristi elskaði kæst drós hæsta, dýra drotning, Máríu, í ljósum verkum.
‘A woman managed a magnificent estate in this spacious city; the most virtuous female followed fitting examples of mercy. After affectionate Christ, the dearest lady loved the highest, precious queen, Mary, with fair deeds.

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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 3: AII, 487-8, BII, 526, Skald II, 288-9; Kahle 1898, 31, Sperber 1911, 1, 56, Wrightson 2001, 41.


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