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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mv III 7VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríuvísur III 7’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 722-3.

Anonymous PoemsMáríuvísur III

text and translation

Enn fór hann eitt sinn
ofanvert nætrrof
heiman yfir stórstraum;
strangan efldi foss gang.
Farið gjörðiz fult nær,
flóðið þar er hann stóð;
leynir óttaz líftjón
lýta, ef skipið brýtr.

Enn fór hann eitt sinn ofanvert nætrrof heiman yfir stórstraum; foss efldi strangan gang. Farið gjörðiz nær fult, þar er flóðið stóð hann; {leynir lýta} óttaz líftjón, ef skipið brýtr.
‘Again he went one time at the end of the night’s retreat from home across the mighty stream; the torrent gathered a strong current. The vessel became almost full, because the flooding overtook him; the concealer of sins [NEGLIGENT PRIEST] fears life-loss if the ship breaks.

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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 7: AII, 497, BII, 539-40, Skald II, 296, NN §3366; Kahle 1898, 44, 100, Sperber 1911, 16, 65, Wrightson 2001, 70.


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