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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mv II 1VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríuvísur II 1’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 702-3.

Anonymous PoemsMáríuvísur II

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Dýrðar, gief þú, dóms vörðr,
dróttinn, er alt gott
veitir, að bragarbót,
brögnum, gjaldi hier þögn.
Móður þinnar, minn guð,
megna vil eg jartegn,
segja það, er sæl mey
sætu dugði ágæt.

{Vörðr {dóms dýrðar}}, dróttinn, er veitir brögnum alt gott, gief þú, að gjaldi hier þögn bragarbót. Guð minn, eg vil megna jartegn móður þinnar, segja það, er ágæt, sæl mey dugði sætu.
‘Guardian of the court of glory [HEAVEN > = God (= Christ)], Lord, who provides men with everything good, grant that they here give silence to the poetic improvement [lit. poem’s improvement]. My God, I wish to glorify a miracle of your mother, to tell how [lit. to tell about it, that] the magnificent, blessed Virgin helped a woman.

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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. 5]. En digt om et andet Maria-jærtegn 1: AII, 492, BII, 532-3, Skald II, 292, NN §§1693, 3350; Jón Þorkelsson 1888, 41, Kahle 1898, 37, 99, Sperber 1911, 9, 61-2, Wrightson 2001, 55.


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