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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anonymous Poems (Anon)

VII. Máríudrápa (Mdr) - 43

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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 May 2022)

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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, 494-5

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19 — Anon Mdr 19VII

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Cite as: Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríudrápa 19’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 494-5.

Fagnaðu, fullrar tignar
fagrt blóm, í manndómi
upprísandi, rósa*
rjóð, listugum Kristi.
Fagnaðu, Jésú* eignaz
ástarlimir til himna
stíg þinn, gæzku gnóga,
góðir, dýrðar móðir.

Fagnaðu, {fagrt blóm fullrar tignar}, rjóð rósa*, listugum Kristi upprísandi í manndómi. Fagnaðu, {móðir dýrðar}, gnóga gæzku; góðir ástarlimir Jésú* eignaz stíg þinn til himna.

Rejoice, {beautiful flower of complete honour} [= Mary], red rose, at vigorous Christ rising up in human form. Rejoice, {mother of glory} [= Mary] in goodness abundantly; Jesus’ good limbs of love will secure your path to the heavens.

Mss: B(14r), 399a-bˣ

Readings: [3] rósa*: rósar B    [5] Jésú*: ‘ihesus’ B    [6] ‑limir: límr B    [8] dýrðar móðir: so 399a‑bˣ, ‘dý[...]mode[...]’ B

Editions: Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV], [B. 1]. En drape om jomfru Maria (Máríudrápa) 19: AII, 467, BII, 500, Skald II, 273, NN §§1645, 1646; Rydberg 1907, 35-6, 55, Attwood 1996a, 107, 308.

Notes: [All]: The poet now returns to the hymn Gaude virgo gratiosa, and specifically to its ll. 5-6, of which ll. 1-4 are a loose reworking: Gaude, rosa speciosa, / Vernans Christo resurgente ‘Rejoice, beautiful rose, at Christ renewed rising up again’. — [3-4] rjóð rósa* ‘red rose’: On the general use of rose imagery in Mariolatry, see Warner 2000, 306-8 and passim. On Mary as a flower, and specifically a rose (symbolising love), see Schottmann 1973, 22-32 and especially 26, where kennings for the Virgin employing a flower word as base and an abstract noun as determinant, as in fagrt blóm fullrar tignar ‘beautiful flower of complete honour’ (ll. 1-2), are analysed. — [5-8]: These ll. render ll. 7-8 of the Lat. hymn: Gaude, mater gloriosa, / Christo coelos ascendente ‘Rejoice, glorious mother, at Christ ascending into the heavens’. — [5] Jésú* (gen.) ‘Jesus’: B has the abbreviation ‘ihc’ (with stroke through ascender), which should denote the nom. case Jésús. However, the gen. is required here.

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