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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

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.

Mss: 721(15v)

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

Notes: [4] Andréas: S. Andrew is invoked in st. 2 of each of Mv I-III and Vitn, something that has prompted some scholars to postulate common authorship (see Wrightson 2001, xvi). — [7, 8] í hreinum verkum ‘in pure deeds’: Skj B connects the prepositional phrase with sú er líkn vár ‘she is our mercy’ (l. 6). — [7] vís vón ‘trusty hope’: Both Skj B and Skald insert the connective ok ‘and’ (‘she is our mercy and trusty hope’). That is unnecessary from a metrical point of view.


  1. Bibliography
  2. Skj B = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1912-15b. Den norsk-islandske skjaldedigtning. B: Rettet tekst. 2 vols. Copenhagen: Villadsen & Christensen. Rpt. 1973. Copenhagen: Rosenkilde & Bagger.
  3. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  4. NN = Kock, Ernst Albin. 1923-44. Notationes Norrœnæ: Anteckningar till Edda och skaldediktning. Lunds Universitets årsskrift new ser. 1. 28 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  5. Sperber, Hans, ed. 1911. Sechs isländische Gedichte legendarischen Inhalts. Uppsala Universitets årsskrift, filosofi, språkvetenskap och historiska vetenskaper 2. Uppsala: Akademische Buchdruckerei Edv. Berling.
  6. Wrightson, Kellinde, ed. 2001. Fourteenth-Century Icelandic Verse on the Virgin Mary: Drápa af Maríugrát, Vitnisvísur af Maríu, Maríuvísur I-III. Viking Society for Northern Research Text Series 14. University College London: Viking Society for Northern Research.
  7. Kahle, Bernhard, ed. 1898. Isländische geistliche Dichtungen des ausgehenden Mittelalters. Heidelberg: Winter.
  8. Internal references
  9. Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘Orkneyinga saga (Orkn)’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols [check printed volume for citation].
  10. Kari Ellen Gade 2007, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Vitnisvísur af Máríu’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 739-57.

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