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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mv II 19VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríuvísur II 19’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 714.

Anonymous PoemsMáríuvísur II

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Lifna fyrir lofað nafn
lætr síðan guð mætr;
sá hann upp og sætt hló
sína móður utan pín.
Fljóði gaz feginstíð
farnaðar og lífs barn;
gaf hun síðan guði lof
grátandi og þó kát.

Síðan lætr mætr guð lifna fyrir lofað nafn; hann sá upp og hló móður sína sætt utan pín. Fljóði gaz feginstíð farnaðar og barn lífs; síðan gaf hun guði lof, grátandi og þó kát.
‘Afterwards glorious God lets [him] revive because of the extolled name; he looked up and laughed at his mother sweetly without pain. The woman was given a joyous time of luck and the child alive; then she gave praise to God, weeping and yet cheerful.

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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 19: AII, 495, BII, 537, Skald II, 294, NN §3363; Kahle 1898, 41, 100, Sperber 1911, 13, 63-4, Wrightson 2001, 64.


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