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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mv II 7VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríuvísur II 7’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 706-7.

Anonymous PoemsMáríuvísur II

text and translation

Ríkust frúin tala tók
tregafull á þann veg
oftast, þar er skorin skrift
skærar meyjar stóð nær:
‘Sælust, heyr þú mitt mál,
Máría, og þau tár,
er sætan sízt kát
sútafullust giefr út.

Ríkust frúin tók tala, tregafull, á þann veg, oftast, þar er skorin skrift skærar meyjar stóð nær: ‘Sælust Máría, heyr þú mitt mál og þau tár, er sútafullust sætan, sízt kát, giefr út.
‘The most powerful lady began to speak, sorrowful, in this manner, most often where a carved image of the pure Virgin stood nearby: ‘Most blessed Mary, hear my plea and those tears which the most wretched woman, least cheerful, sheds [lit. gives out].

notes and context

For prose parallels to this st., see Schottmann (1973, 380).



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 7: AII, 493, BII, 534, Skald II, 293, Metr. §14B; Kahle 1898, 39, 99, Sperber 1911, 10, Wrightson 2001, 58.


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