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Anonymous Poems (Anon)

VII. Máríudrápa (Mdr) - 43

Máríudrápa (‘Drápa about Mary’) — Anon MdrVII

Katrina Attwood 2007, ‘ Anonymous, Máríudrápa’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 476-514. <> (accessed 26 September 2021)

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Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV]: [B. 1]. En drape om jomfru Maria (Máríudrápa), Begyndelsen mangler åbenbart. (AII, 464-72, BII, 496-505)

SkP info: VII, 494

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18 — Anon Mdr 18VII

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Cite as: Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríudrápa 18’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 494.

Ljóss giefr röðla ræsir
rausn, magnar gieð bragna;
dáðir fremr dróttins móðir
dygg, þar er aldri skyggir.
Lýtr öll veröld ítri
yfirþjóðkonungs móður;
verð er drottning dýrðar
dæmd til efri sæmdar.

{Ljóss ræsir röðla} giefr rausn, magnar gieð bragna; {dygg móðir dróttins} fremr dáðir, þar er skyggir aldri. Öll veröld lýtr {ítri móður yfirþjóðkonungs}; drottning dýrðar er dæmd verð til efri sæmdar.

{The bright king of heavenly bodies} [= God (= Christ)] gives splendour, strengthens the mind of men; {the faithful mother of the Lord} [= Mary] promotes [good] deeds, where shadow never falls. The whole world bows down before {the glorious mother of the supreme king <= God>} [= Mary]; the queen of glory is adjudged worthy of highest honour.

Mss: B(14r), 399a-bˣ

Readings: [1] giefr: ‘g[...]’ B, ‘gẹf̣r’ 399a‑bˣ    [4] dygg: om. B, dygg noted as marginal 399a‑bˣ, BRydberg;    aldri: so 399a‑bˣ, ‘[...]lldri’ B    [5-8] ‘’ abbrev. as ‘Lýtr o᷎ll verlld itri.’ B

Editions: Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV], [B. 1]. En drape om jomfru Maria (Máríudrápa) 18: AII, 467, BII, 500, Skald II, 273, NN §1644; Rydberg 1907, 35, 55, Attwood 1996a, 106-7, 307.

Notes: [All]: Presumably because st. 18 contains a refrain, the poet breaks off his rendition of Gaude virgo gratiosa here, but resumes it in st. 19. — [1] ræsir röðla ‘king of heavenly bodies [= God (= Christ)]’: A similar God-kenning occurs several times in Christian poems. The locus classicus seems to be the kenning ræsir ramligs bús rǫðuls ‘king of the strong dwelling of the sun’ in Has 59/3-4, which is echoed in Líkn 30/3; cf. also Kálf Kátr 39/3-4 and EGils Guðkv 11/3-4IV. — [4] dygg ‘faithful’: This word is no longer visible in B, but was probably originally written in the margin. It is noted as marginal in 399a-bˣ and by Rydberg. — [4] þar er ‘where’: In B this phrase is written twice. — [5-8]: Repetition of stef 3, first given in st. 9, is indicated by an obelos in the right margin at 14r, 2.

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