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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mv III 13VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríuvísur III 13’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 726.

Anonymous PoemsMáríuvísur III

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Máría kom til móts þar;
móðurliga hun hjá stóð;
dökkr hafði djöfulsflokkr
dregið hann á kvalaveg.
Hrygðarfull, ‘Höfuðslægð,
hverju valdi taki þier
meinafullir minn þjón?’
mærin talar guði kær.

Máría kom til móts þar; hun stóð móðurliga hjá; dökkr djöfulsflokkr hafði dregið hann á kvalaveg. Hrygðarfull mærin talar, kær guði, ‘Höfuðslægð, hverju valdi taki þier, meinafullir, þjón minn?’
‘Mary came to meet them [lit. to the meeting] there; she stood motherly by; the dark devil-throng had dragged him onto the road of torments. Mournful, the Virgin speaks, dear to God, ‘Principal slyness, by what authority do you, full of evil, take my servant?’

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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 13: AII, 498, BII, 541, Skald II, 296; Kahle 1898, 45, 101, Sperber 1911, 18, 66, Wrightson 2001, 72.


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