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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mv II 23VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríuvísur II 23’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 716-17.

Anonymous PoemsMáríuvísur II

text and translation

Synda veittu, sannreynd,
sanna, við guð og mann,
þó að vier brjótum, meyin mæt,
móti honum, yfirbót.
Og að sönnu son þinn
sálir fyrir lífs mál
græðarann gieti sieð
glaðan; veittu oss það.

Mæt meyin, sannreynd við guð og mann, veittu sanna yfirbót synda, þó að vier brjótum móti honum. Og gieti sálir að sönnu sieð son þinn, glaðan græðarann, fyrir mál lífs; veittu oss það.
‘Glorious Virgin, proven true to God and man, grant true expiation of sins, although we offend against him. And may the souls indeed be able to see your son, the joyous Saviour, beyond life’s measure; grant us that.

notes and context

For the echo of Hail Mary (ora pro nobis ‘pray for us’), see Notes to Mv I, 27.



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 23: AII, 495, BII, 537-8, Skald II, 295, NN §3364, Metr. §14C; Kahle 1898, 42, 100, Sperber 1911, 14, 64, Wrightson 2001, 66.


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