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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mv III 9VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríuvísur III 9’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 724.

Anonymous PoemsMáríuvísur III

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Tíða sinna tregbjóðr
trúar hafði ei gáð nú;
heyriliga hann hefr þær;
henni boðaz dýrð tvenn.
Lítið fekk hann lesið út;
líðr svá að honum stríð;
‘Áve Máría,’ hann upp hóf
óttafullr og dó skjótt.

Nú hafði {tregbjóðr trúar} ei gáð tíða sinna; hann hefr þær heyriliga; tvenn dýrð boðaz henni. Lítið fekk hann lesið út; stríð líðr svá að honum; ‘Áve Máría,’ hóf hann upp, óttafullr, og dó skjótt.
‘Now the slow-preacher of faith [NEGLIGENT PRIEST] had not observed his hours; he begins them audibly; a double glory is proclaimed to her. Little was he able to read out; the toil afflicts him so; ‘Hail Mary,’ he began, fearful, and died at once.

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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 9: AII, 497, BII, 540, Skald II, 296, Metr. §8B; Kahle 1898, 44-5, 100, Sperber 1911, 17, 65, Wrightson 2001, 71.


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