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Anon Mv III 12VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríuvísur III 12’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 725-6.

Anonymous PoemsMáríuvísur III

text and translation

Hrópar hinn, er gaf glæp,
og greinir þegar klerks mein;
löstu berr á loft fast;
ló hann við mart þó,
áðr himins björt brúðr
borgið fekk hans sorg;
er af rótum riettlát
runnin upp við miskunn.

Hinn hrópar, er gaf glæp, og greinir þegar mein klerks; berr löstu fast á loft; hann ló við mart þó, áðr {björt brúðr himins} fekk borgið sorg hans; riettlát er runnin upp af rótum við miskunn.
‘The one who gave sin shouts, and at once explains the cleric’s offences; he spreads the sins ardently into the air; he lied about much, though, before the bright bride of heaven [= Mary] could mitigate the man’s misery; the just one is infused from the roots with mercy.

notes and context



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 12: AII, 498, BII, 541, Skald II, 296, Metr. §§10B, 16, 18C; Kahle 1898, 45, 101, Sperber 1911, 17-18, 66, Wrightson 2001, 72.


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