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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mv II 11VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríuvísur II 11’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 709.

Anonymous PoemsMáríuvísur II

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Vænan leggr víf svein
í vöggu með búin plögg;
fríðan elskar frúin nið;
faðir hans og liek að.
Móðir unni megi blíð;
má hún varla af sjá,
svá að brúðar guðs góð
gáði trautt, sem hefir áðr.

Víf leggr vænan svein í vöggu með búin plögg; frúin elskar fríðan nið; faðir hans liek og að. Blíð móðir unni megi; hún má varla sjá af, svá að góð gáði trautt {brúðar guðs}, sem hefir áðr.
‘The woman places the promising boy in a cradle with embroidered clothes; the lady loves her beautiful son; his father also plays with [him]. The gentle mother loved the son; she can hardly look away, so that the good one was slow to pay the same attention to the bride of God [= Mary] as she has before.

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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 11: AII, 493, BII, 535, Skald II, 293, Metr. §§14A, B; Kahle 1898, 40, Sperber 1911, 11, Wrightson 2001, 60.


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