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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mv III 27VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríuvísur III 27’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 736.

Anonymous PoemsMáríuvísur III

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Máría, krjúpa menn þier,
mætust, því að ágætr
setti þig fyrir mikinn mátt
móður sína, hreint fljóð.
Ei*gi* mun svá aumligr
iðrandi, ef þig biðr,
að hann fariz, frúin skær;
flestra ertu hjálp mest.

Mætust Máría, menn krjúpa þier, því að ágætr setti þig, móður sína, hreint fljóð, fyrir mikinn mátt. Iðrandi mun ei*gi* svá aumligr, að hann fariz, ef biðr þig, skær frúin; ertu mest hjálp flestra.
‘Most glorious Mary, men kneel to you, because the famous one placed you, his mother, the pure woman, in charge of great power. There will not be a repenting one so miserable that he perishes, if he worships you, luminous lady; you are the greatest help of most people.

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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 27: AII, 500, BII, 544, Skald II, 298, Metr. §23; Kahle 1898, 48-9, Sperber 1911, 21, 69, Wrightson 2001, 80.


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