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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

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.

Mss: 713(86), 721(13v)

Readings: [7] brúðar: brúðr 721

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

Notes: [2] búin ‘embroidered’: Búin can also mean ‘readied, prepared’ (see Fritzner: búinn 1, 3), i.e. referring to the bedclothes in the cradle prepared for the baby. It is unclear whether plögg ‘clothes’ refers to the bedclothes in the cradle or to the clothes worn by the child.


  1. Bibliography
  2. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  3. Sperber, Hans, ed. 1911. Sechs isländische Gedichte legendarischen Inhalts. Uppsala Universitets årsskrift, filosofi, språkvetenskap och historiska vetenskaper 2. Uppsala: Akademische Buchdruckerei Edv. Berling.
  4. Wrightson, Kellinde, ed. 2001. Fourteenth-Century Icelandic Verse on the Virgin Mary: Drápa af Maríugrát, Vitnisvísur af Maríu, Maríuvísur I-III. Viking Society for Northern Research Text Series 14. University College London: Viking Society for Northern Research.
  5. Fritzner = Fritzner, Johan. 1883-96. Ordbog over det gamle norske sprog. 3 vols. Kristiania (Oslo): Den norske forlagsforening. 4th edn. Rpt. 1973. Oslo etc.: Universitetsforlaget.
  6. Kahle, Bernhard, ed. 1898. Isländische geistliche Dichtungen des ausgehenden Mittelalters. Heidelberg: Winter.

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