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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mv III 18VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríuvísur III 18’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 729.

Anonymous PoemsMáríuvísur III

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Kippa þeir um klerk upp
kyndugir höfuðsynd:
‘Siða drýgði sviftuðr
sómalausan hórdóm.
Síðast, áðr líf* leið,
líkti hann að gjöra slíkt;
fyrir þetta sakasár
sálin verðr að hafa bál.’

Kyndugir kippa þeir upp höfuðsynd um klerk: ‘{Sviftuðr siða} drýgði sómalausan hórdóm. Síðast, áðr líf* leið, líkti hann að gjöra slíkt; fyrir þetta sakasár verðr sálin að hafa bál.’
‘Crafty, they pull up a cardinal sin of the cleric: ‘The remover of morals [NEGLIGENT PRIEST] engaged in honourless whoredom. At the very last, before life ended, it pleased him to do such a thing; because of this guilt-wound the soul must suffer the fire.’

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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 18: AII, 498, BII, 542, Skald II, 297, Metr. §§12B, 14C; Kahle 1898, 46, 101, Sperber 1911, 19, 66-7, Wrightson 2001, 75.


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