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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mdr 3VII/8 — lið* ‘The company’

Þú ert, Máría, meira
metin allri þjóð betri;
þier sýnir guð greinir
gjarna, sjóvar stjarna.
Lofar, þá er öllum er efri
ein riett í veg hreinum,
— Kristr skipar hjá sier hæsta
heims drottning — lið* beima.

Þú, Máría, ert meira metin betri allri þjóð; guð sýnir þier gjarna greinir, stjarna sjóvar. Lið* beima lofar, þá er ein er riett efri öllum í hreinum veg; Kristr skipar hæsta drottning heims hjá sier.

You, Mary, are more valued [and you are] better than all people; God eagerly shows you discernment [lit. discernments], star of the sea. The company of men praises the one who alone, rightly, is higher than all in pure honour; Christ establishes the highest queen of the world [= Mary] beside himself.


[8] lið*: liði B


[8] lið*: B’s liði must be emended (as also in 12/8 and 21/8) to provide a nom. subject for the cl.; liði is also unmetrical.



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