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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
272829

Máría ‘Mary’

María (noun f.): Mary

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sköpuð ‘created’

2. skapa (verb): form

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muntu ‘you will’

munu (verb): will, must

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fólki ‘people’

folk (noun n.): people

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Skýrust ‘The brightest one’

skýrr (adj.): clear

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‘is powerful’

mega (verb): may, might

notes

[5, 6] má ... láttu (3rd pers. sg. pres. indic.; imp. sg.) ‘is powerful ... let’: The present edn follows Wrightson. Skj B and Skald emend to máttu láta ‘you must let’ and treat skýrust ‘brightest one’ as a form of address.

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láttu ‘let’

láta (verb): let, have sth done

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[5, 6] má ... láttu (3rd pers. sg. pres. indic.; imp. sg.) ‘is powerful ... let’: The present edn follows Wrightson. Skj B and Skald emend to máttu láta ‘you must let’ and treat skýrust ‘brightest one’ as a form of address.

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næri ‘nearby’

næri (adv.): near

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guðs ‘of God’

1. guð (noun m.; °***guðrs, guðis, gus): (Christian) God

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mær guðs.
‘Virgin of God.’
   = Mary

Virgin of God. → Mary
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mær ‘Virgin’

mær (noun f.; °meyjar, dat. meyju; meyjar): maiden

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mær guðs.
‘Virgin of God.’
   = Mary

Virgin of God. → Mary
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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.

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