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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mv III 25VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríuvísur III 25’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 734-5.

Anonymous PoemsMáríuvísur III

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Göfugligt guðs víf
giefr fyrir utan ef
hófi hægt líf;
heimar skiftuz klerk þeim.
Síðan undir sátt bauð
sættandi fljóð* mætt,
að hann rietti ráð sitt;
rausnar var það fögr lausn.

{Göfugligt víf guðs} giefr fyrir utan ef hægt líf hófi; heimar skiftuz þeim klerk. Síðan bauð mætt, sættandi fljóð* undir sátt, að hann rietti ráð sitt; það var fögr lausn rausnar.
‘The glorious wife of God [= Mary] grants [the man] without doubt a pleasant life according to his ability; worlds were exchanged for that cleric. Then the splendid, reconciling lady stipulated in accordance with the reconciliation that he should mend his ways; that was a fine redemption of esteem.

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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 25: AII, 500, BII, 544, Skald II, 298, NN §1706, Metr. §§12C, 14A, 17C; Kahle 1898, 48, 102, Sperber 1911, 21, 68-9, Wrightson 2001, 79.


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