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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mv I 5VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríuvísur I 5’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 682.

Anonymous PoemsMáríuvísur I

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Unni ærlig kvinna
auðgætanda mætum
sætt af sinni dóttur;
syndlaust var það yndi.
Enn fyrir ilsku manna
upp smíðaðiz síðan
— angr vann aumlig tunga —
orð á silkiskorðu.

Ærlig kvinna unni {mætum auðgætanda} sætt af dóttur sinni; það yndi var syndlaust. Enn fyrir ilsku manna smíðaðiz síðan upp orð á {silkiskorðu}; aumlig tunga vann angr.
‘The honest woman loved the splendid wealth-guardian [MAN] sweetly because of her daughter; that pleasure was sinless. Yet because of the wickedness of men a rumour was then fabricated about the silk-prop [WOMAN]; a wretched tongue caused grief.

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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 5: AII, 488, BII, 527, Skald II, 289, NN §2863; Kahle 1898, 32, 97, Sperber 1911, 2, 57, Wrightson 2001, 42.


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