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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mv II 5VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríuvísur II 5’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 705.

Anonymous PoemsMáríuvísur II

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Erfingja ógndjarfr
aungvan við gullspaung
gietið hafði; góðlátr
gjarna vildi ala barn.
Hennar í hvert sinn
harmr tók að gjöraz armr,
önnur þá er frúin fann
fljóðin plaga sín jóð.

Ógndjarfr hafði aungvan erfingja gietið við {gullspaung}; góðlátr vildi gjarna ala barn. Armr harmr hennar tók að gjöraz í hvert sinn, þá er frúin fann önnur fljóðin plaga jóð sín.
‘The battle-brave one had begotten no heir with the gold-clasp [WOMAN]; the good-natured man wanted very much to have a child. Her miserable grief started to arise every time when the lady saw the other women nursing their offspring.

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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 5: AII, 492-3, BII, 533-4, Skald II, 292, NN §3361; Kahle 1898, 38, Sperber 1911, 10, Wrightson 2001, 57.


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