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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 24 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, 505-6

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33 — Anon Mdr 33VII

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Cite as: Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríudrápa 33’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 505-6.

Sýn þig, gæzku grundar
guðs f…a móðir
þess, er af þier að vísu
þýðr var borinn með prýði.
Blessuð ván, og bænir
berr, skínandi, þínar
heilagr Kristr í hæsta
himins dýrð, lofi fyrða.

Sýn þig, {f…a móðir guðs}, {grundar gæzku}, þess, er að vísu var borinn af þier, þýðr, með prýði. Og blessuð ván, skínandi lofi fyrða, heilagr Kristr berr bænir þínar í {hæsta dýrð himins}.

Reveal yourself, {… mother of God} [= Mary], {of the ground of grace} [= God (= Christ)], and of that one who in truth was born from you, gentle, with splendour. And, blessed hope, shining with men’s praise, holy Christ carries your prayers into {the highest glory of heaven} [= Mary].

Mss: B(14r), 399a-bˣ

Readings: [2] f…a: so 399a‑bˣ, ‘f[...]’ B, ‘f...(u)’(?) BRydberg, ‘[...]’ BFJ    [3] að: so 399a‑bˣ, ‘[...]’ B, ‘[...]t’ BRydberg, BFJ    [4] þýðr: so 399a‑bˣ, ‘þýd[...]’ B;    var: ‘[...]ar’ B, er 399a‑bˣ, var BRydberg, BFJ    [5] bænir: so 399a‑bˣ, ‘bęn[...]’ B    [6] þínar: so 399a‑bˣ, ‘[...]nar’ B

Editions: Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV], [B. 1]. En drape om jomfru Maria (Máríudrápa) 33: AII, 470, BII, 503, Skald II, 275, NN §§1658, 1659, 2669B; Rydberg 1907, 38, 57, Attwood 1996a, 110-11, 311.

Notes: [All]: This st. is based on the fourth v. of Ave maris stella: Monstra te esse matrem, / sumat per te precem / qui pro nobis natus / tulit esse tuus ‘Show yourself to be a mother: through you may he take up our prayer, who, born for us, took on being your [Son]’. — [2] f…a: The 399a-bˣ transcriber was certain of ‘f…a’, and this is the basis of Sveinbjörn Egilsson’s suggested reconstruction, made in a marginal n. to 444ˣ, to fróðasta ‘most wise’, f. nom. sg. agreeing with móðir. This reconstruction is adopted by Rydberg, Skj (which ascribes it to Rydberg) and Kock.

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