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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mv III 10VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríuvísur III 10’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 724-5.

Anonymous PoemsMáríuvísur III

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Síðan er hann sökk niðr
sektarfullr og varð drektr,
kraup hann kafadjúp
kaldr eftir liðinn aldr.
tr, þegar líf þraut,
lokkandi djöfulsflokkr;
fjandr gripu fast önd
fleiri, en teliz þeir.

Síðan er hann sökk niðr, sektarfullr, og varð drektr, kraup hann kafadjúp, kaldr, eftir liðinn aldr. Lokkandi djöfulsflokkr lítr, þegar líf þraut; fleiri fjandr, en þeir teliz, gripu önd fast.
‘After he sank down, full of guilt, and was drowned, he crept through the plunging depths, cold, after his departed life. An enticing devil-crowd sees this, as soon as life ended; more fiends than can be counted gripped his spirit firmly.

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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 10: AII, 497, BII, 540, Skald II, 296; Kahle 1898, 45, 101, Sperber 1911, 17, 65-6, Wrightson 2001, 71.


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