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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mv III 1VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríuvísur III 1’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 719.

Anonymous PoemsMáríuvísur III

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Dróttinn, gief þú mier mátt,
máttugr, bragarhátt,
svá að eg færði fögr orð,
faðir várr, í einn stað.
Veittu fyrir vald þitt,
valdandi, guð, um aldr
ástar, í opið brjóst,
óttalausa máls nótt.

Máttugr dróttinn, gief þú mier mátt, bragarhátt, svá að eg færði fögr orð í einn stað, faðir várr. Guð, valdandi ástar um aldr, veittu fyrir vald þitt óttalausa nótt máls í opið brjóst.
‘Powerful Lord, give me power, a poetic form, so that I might bring fair words into one place, our Father. God, ruler of love for eternity, lead by your might a fearless wealth of words into my open breast.

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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. 6]. Et digt om et tredje Maria-jærtegn 1: AII, 496, BII, 538, Skald II, 295, NN §3365, Metr. §22; Jón Þorkelsson 1888, 42, Kahle 1898, 43, 100, Sperber 1911, 15, 64, Wrightson 2001, 67.


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