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Anon Mv III 11VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríuvísur III 11’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 725.

Anonymous PoemsMáríuvísur III

Einglar kómu að þeim
ofan með guðs lof:
‘Láti þier,’ kvað ljúf sveit,
‘liggja þann, er frið þiggr.
Enn, ef þier hatið hann,
hefndin verðr af guði efnd;
Máría kallar mann sier;
muni þier, að kemr hun.’

Einglar kómu að þeim ofan með lof guðs: ‘Láti þier þann liggja,’ kvað ljúf sveit, ‘er þiggr frið. Enn, ef þier hatið hann, verðr hefndin efnd af guði; Máría kallar mann sier; muni þier, að hun kemr’.

Angels came at them from above with the leave of God: ‘Let that one lie,’ said the lovely company, ‘who will obtain peace. But, if you persecute him, vengeance will be effected by God; Mary claims the man for herself; remember that she will come’.

Mss: 721(16r)

Editions: Skj AII, 497, Skj BII, 540-1, Skald II, 296, NN §2997B, Metr. §§8C, 11C; Kahle 1898, 45, Sperber 1911, 17, Wrightson 2001, 72.



  1. Bibliography
  2. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  3. NN = Kock, Ernst Albin. 1923-44. Notationes Norrœnæ: Anteckningar till Edda och skaldediktning. Lunds Universitets årsskrift new ser. 1. 28 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  4. Sperber, Hans, ed. 1911. Sechs isländische Gedichte legendarischen Inhalts. Uppsala Universitets årsskrift, filosofi, språkvetenskap och historiska vetenskaper 2. Uppsala: Akademische Buchdruckerei Edv. Berling.
  5. 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.
  6. Kahle, Bernhard, ed. 1898. Isländische geistliche Dichtungen des ausgehenden Mittelalters. Heidelberg: Winter.

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