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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mv III 30VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríuvísur III 30’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 738.

Anonymous PoemsMáríuvísur III

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Himiríkis hæst blóm,
hæstum guði ertu næst,
móðir og mey prúð
mildinnar fögr snild.
Máría, legg þú dóm, dýr,
diktandi, á verk slíkt;
tákna, mun eg, lofuð líkn,
linna hier við flokk þinn.

Hæst blóm himiríkis, ertu næst hæstum guði, móðir og prúð mey, fögr snild mildinnar. Dýr Máría, legg þú, diktandi, dóm á slíkt verk; lofuð líkn tákna, eg mun hier linna við flokk þinn.
‘Highest blossom of the heavenly kingdom, you are next to the highest God, mother and splendid Virgin, fair accomplishment of grace. Precious Mary, pass, carefully deliberating, judgement on such a work; praised mercy of miracles, I shall now end your poem.

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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 30: AII, 500, BII, 545, Skald II, 299, NN §3370; Kahle 1898, 49, Sperber 1911, 22, 69, Wrightson 2001, 81.


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