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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mv III 14VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríuvísur III 14’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 726-7.

Anonymous PoemsMáríuvísur III

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‘Hvessu máttu í hendr oss,
himiríkis frú slík,
þennan eigna þier mann?’
þverinn mælti kvalaherr.
‘Fleygir gjörði fjarðlogs
flest, þar er hann gat vest,
svá var hann saurlífr
syndafullr og harðlyndr.

‘Hvessu máttu, {slík frú himiríkis}, eigna þier þennan mann í hendr oss?’ mælti {þverinn kvalaherr}. ‘{Fleygir {fjarðlogs}} gjörði flest, þar er hann gat vest; hann var svá saurlífr, syndafullr og harðlyndr.
‘‘How can you, such a lady of the heavenly kingdom [= Mary], appropriate for yourself this man against us?’ said the obstinate torment-army [DEVILS]. ‘The flinger of the fjord-flame [GOLD > GENEROUS MAN] did the most where he could do the worst; he was so depraved, sinful and ruthless.

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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 14: AII, 498, BII, 541, Skald II, 297; Kahle 1898, 46, 101, Sperber 1911, 18, 66, Wrightson 2001, 73.


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