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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mv III 28VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríuvísur III 28’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 736-7.

Anonymous PoemsMáríuvísur III

text and translation

Máría, ertu sköpuð skær,
skærust, og guði kær;
kæran, muntu duga, dýr,
dýru fólki, lofskýr.
Skýrust má; sektsár
sárin láttu gróa vár;
vára kenni eg nauð nær;
næri vertu, guðs mær.

Skærust Máría, ertu sköpuð skær og kær guði; dýr kæran, muntu duga dýru fólki, lofskýr. Skýrust má; láttu sektsár sárin vár gróa; eg kenni nauð vára nær; vertu næri, {mær guðs}.
‘Luminous Mary, you are created luminous and dear to God; precious darling, you will help precious people, praise-bright. The brightest one is powerful; let our guilt-sore sores heal; I feel that our distress is near; be nearby, Virgin of God [= Mary].

notes and context

Throughout this st., the poet is availing himself of end-rhymes as well as internal rhymes, thus linking the end of one l. to the beginning of the next. For this poetic device, see Ht 47 (iðurmælt ‘repeatedly spoken’; SnE 1999, 22). 1032ˣ (155v-156v) reverses the order of sts 28 and 29.


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 28: AII, 500, BII, 544, Skald II, 298; Kahle 1898, 49, 102, Sperber 1911, 21, 69, Wrightson 2001, 80.


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