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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mv III 2VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríuvísur III 2’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 719-20.

Anonymous PoemsMáríuvísur III

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Heyrðu, svá að hrein orð
hitti eg og gleði mitt,
æstr, fyrir unað best,
Andréas, hugarland.
Minnumz eg, að mey sönn,
Máría — sú er líkn vár
í hreinum vís vón
verkum — leysti einn klerk.

Heyrðu, æstr Andréas, svá að eg hitti hrein orð og gleði {hugarland mitt} fyrir best unað. Eg minnumz, að sönn mey, Máría, leysti einn klerk; sú er líkn vár, vís vón í hreinum verkum.
‘Hear, most worthy Andrew, so that I may find pure words and may please my mind-land [BREAST] by the best bliss. I remember that the true Virgin, Mary, redeemed a cleric; she is our mercy, trusty hope in pure deeds.

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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 2: AII, 496, BII, 538, Skald II, 295, NN §2871, Metr. §21; Kahle 1898, 43, 100, Sperber 1911, 15, 64, Wrightson 2001, 67.


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