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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mv III 4VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríuvísur III 4’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 720-1.

Anonymous PoemsMáríuvísur III

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Rítar gjörðiz ranglátr
rennir við yfirmenn;
hjart varð af sökum sárt;
siðir spillaz þar við.
Kvennaástin kvelr hann
— klerkum er það mein — sterk;
var hann ór viti nær
vífa fyrir gleðilíf.

{Rennir rítar} gjörðiz ranglátr við yfirmenn; hjart varð sárt af sökum; siðir spillaz þar við. Sterk kvennaástin kvelr hann; það er mein klerkum; hann var nær ór viti fyrir gleðilíf vífa.
‘The speeder of the shield [WARRIOR] became unjust to his superiors; the heart became wounded by sins; morals are destroyed by that. The strong love of women torments him; that is a harm to clerics; he was almost out of his wits because of a life of pleasure with women.

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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 4: AII, 496, BII, 539, Skald II, 295; Kahle 1898, 43, 100, Sperber 1911, 15-16, 64-5, Wrightson 2001, 68.


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