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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mv II 20VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríuvísur II 20’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 714-15.

Anonymous PoemsMáríuvísur II

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Tunga má það alls aung
inna í brag sinn,
hvessu móðir míns guðs
mundi heiðra göfugt sprund,
þá er föður hrings hlíð
hreinum færði kvikan svein,
þann er fjörvi fjogur dægr
firðr lá á börum stirðr.

Alls aung tunga má inna það í brag sinn, hvessu {móðir guðs míns} mundi heiðra göfugt sprund, þá er {hlíð hrings} færði hreinum föður kvikan svein, þann er lá firðr fjörvi fjogur dægr stirðr á börum.
‘No tongue at all can express that in its poetry, how the mother of my God [= Mary] could honour a glorious woman, when the slope of the ring [WOMAN] brought to the pure father the living boy, who lay, deprived of life, for two days and nights stiff on the bier.

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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 20: AII, 495, BII, 537, Skald II, 294, Metr. §§14B, 20; Kahle 1898, 42, Sperber 1911, 13-14, Wrightson 2001, 64.


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