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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mv II 17VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríuvísur II 17’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 713.

Anonymous PoemsMáríuvísur II

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‘Vænni muntu várkunn
veita fyrir tár heit
brúði, þó að í barns nauð
bera kunni sorg hier.
Líða svá lífsnauð
láttu, að eg deyi brátt,
ella græði friðarfull
fljóða hjálpin mitt jóð.’

‘Muntu veita vænni brúði várkunn fyrir heit tár, þó að kunni bera sorg hier í nauð barns. Láttu lífsnauð líða, svá að eg deyi brátt, ella græði {friðarfull hjálpin fljóða} jóð mitt.’
‘‘You will grant the good woman forgiveness for her hot tears, when she could convey sorrow here in the plight of the child. Let the mortal plight [lit. life torment] pass, so that I may die at once, or may the peaceful help of women [= Mary] heal my child.’

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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 17: AII, 494, BII, 536, Skald II, 294, Metr. §§ 9B, 10A; Kahle 1898, 41, 100, Sperber 1911, 13, 63, Wrightson 2001, 63.


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