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Anon Mv III 8VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríuvísur III 8’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 723-4.

Anonymous PoemsMáríuvísur III
789

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Kvíðir við kvalanauð
klerkr fyrir mein sterk;
treysti hann á tígn Krists
trúandi ok biðr nú:
‘Nær vertu, mær, mier,
Máría, svá að liniz fár;
lát mig eigi — dug* drótt —
deyja hier, guðs mey.’

Klerkr kvíðir við kvalanauð fyrir sterk mein; trúandi treysti hann á tígn Krists ok biðr nú: ‘Vertu nær mier, mær Máría, svá að fár liniz; lát mig eigi deyja hier, {mey guðs}; dug* drótt.’
 
‘The cleric worries about torment-distress because of grievous sins; believing, he trusted in the honour of Christ and now prays: ‘Be near me, Virgin Mary, so that the danger subsides; do not let me die here, Virgin of God [= Mary]; help your followers.’

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Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV], [B. 6]. Et digt om et tredje Maria-jærtegn 8: AII, 497, BII, 540, Skald II, 296, NN §§1700, 3277B; Kahle 1898, 44, Sperber 1911, 16-17, 65, Wrightson 2001, 70.

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