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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mv III 15VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríuvísur III 15’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 727.

Anonymous PoemsMáríuvísur III

text and translation

‘Siða skyldar svá guð
sannan vera hvern mann;
hæfilæti og hreint líf
háleitt er það lögmál.
Hier í móti að hann fór
háðuliga með sitt ráð;
fleiri gjörði hann verk vár
en vili guðs að stóð til.’

‘Svá skyldar guð hvern mann vera sannan siða; hæfilæti og hreint líf, það er háleitt lögmál. Hier í móti fór hann háðuliga að með ráð sitt; hann gjörði fleiri verk vár, en að vili guðs stóð til.’
‘‘Thus God decrees that each man should be true in morals; moderation and a pure life, that is a sublime law. Against this, he dealt shamefully with his condition; he did more of our deeds than God’s will warranted.’

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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 15: AII, 498, BII, 541, Skald II, 297, NN §§1698B, 1701, 3367, Metr. §14B; Kahle 1898, 46, 101, Sperber 1911, 18, 66, Wrightson 2001, 74.


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