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Anon Mv III 6VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríuvísur III 6’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 722.

Anonymous PoemsMáríuvísur III
567

Ítr ‘The excellent one’

ítr (adj.): glorious

notes

[1] ítr (m. nom. sg.) ‘the excellent one’: It may seem incongruous that the immoral cleric should be referred to in this manner, but the adj. is probably used ironically (see also NN §1699). Skj B emends to ítri (f. dat. sg.) ‘splendid’ which is taken with Máríu ‘splendid Mary’.

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hafði ‘had’

hafa (verb): have

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hlut ‘thing’

hlutr (noun m.; °-ar, dat. -i/-; -ir, acc. -i/-u): part, thing

[1] hlut: so 1032ˣ, ‘hl[...]’ 721

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jafnan ‘always’

jafnan (adv.): always

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Máríu ‘Mary’

María (noun f.): Mary

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vaktað ‘observed’

vakta (verb): [account, observed]

notes

[4] vaktað ... sagt ‘observed ... told’: Note the internal rhyme -akt : -agt.

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ef ‘which’

3. ef (conj.): if

notes

[4] ef ‘which’: For the use of ef lit. ‘if’ as a rel., see Fritzner: ef 3. Skj B emends to en ‘and, but’ and Skald to er ‘which’. Wrightson retains ef which is translated as ‘if’.

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sagt ‘told’

segja (verb): say, tell

notes

[4] vaktað ... sagt ‘observed ... told’: Note the internal rhyme -akt : -agt.

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las ‘recited’

lesa (verb): read

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við ‘Against’

2. við (prep.): with, against

notes

[7] við slík mein ‘against such transgressions’: This refers to his immoral life. Wrightson connects this prepositional phrase with mjúkri ‘kind regarding such transgressions’. That is less convincing, because it is rather unlikely that Mary should look with lenience on a life of debauchery.

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mein ‘transgressions’

mein (noun n.; °-s; -): harm, injury

notes

[7] við slík mein ‘against such transgressions’: This refers to his immoral life. Wrightson connects this prepositional phrase with mjúkri ‘kind regarding such transgressions’. That is less convincing, because it is rather unlikely that Mary should look with lenience on a life of debauchery.

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slík ‘such’

2. slíkr (adj.): such

notes

[7] við slík mein ‘against such transgressions’: This refers to his immoral life. Wrightson connects this prepositional phrase with mjúkri ‘kind regarding such transgressions’. That is less convincing, because it is rather unlikely that Mary should look with lenience on a life of debauchery.

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móður ‘mother’

móðir (noun f.): mother

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þegar ‘as soon as’

þegar (adv.): at once, then

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