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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

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.

Mss: 721(16r)

Readings: [2] sektarfullr: syndafullr 721    [5] tr: líðr 721

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

Notes: [2] sektarfullr ‘full of guilt’: The ms. reading, syndafullr ‘sinful’, leaves the l. without internal rhyme, and appears to be a lectio facilior. — [3] kafadjúp ‘the plunging depths’: This is an acc. of place. Finnur thought he could read an ‘i’ above the ‘k’ and adds the prep. í ‘into’ (‘he sank into the depth’; so also Skald). However, no ‘i’ can be discerned in 721. — [5] tr ‘sees’: Líðr ‘passes’ (so 721) must be a scribal error and leaves the l. without internal rhyme.


  1. Bibliography
  2. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  3. Sperber, Hans, ed. 1911. Sechs isländische Gedichte legendarischen Inhalts. Uppsala Universitets årsskrift, filosofi, språkvetenskap och historiska vetenskaper 2. Uppsala: Akademische Buchdruckerei Edv. Berling.
  4. Wrightson, Kellinde, ed. 2001. Fourteenth-Century Icelandic Verse on the Virgin Mary: Drápa af Maríugrát, Vitnisvísur af Maríu, Maríuvísur I-III. Viking Society for Northern Research Text Series 14. University College London: Viking Society for Northern Research.
  5. Kahle, Bernhard, ed. 1898. Isländische geistliche Dichtungen des ausgehenden Mittelalters. Heidelberg: Winter.

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