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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anonymous Poems (Anon)

VII. Drápa af Máríugrát (Mgr) - 52

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Drápa af Máríugrát (‘Drápa about the Lament of Mary’) — Anon MgrVII

Kari Ellen Gade 2007, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Drápa af Máríugrát’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 758-95.

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Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV]: [B. 2]. Máríugrátr (AII, 472-82, BII, 505-19)

SkP info: VII, 773

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19 — Anon Mgr 19VII

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Drápa af Máríugrát 19’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 773.

Píndr var Kristur, barðinn og bundinn;
blóðið stökk á Jésús móður;
gjörvöll leit þá sæl og sætust
sárin dróttins blessuð Máría.
Eingis manns fær orkað tunga
jarðligs nein fyrir þjóð greina
stríð og eymd, er mær og móðir
* mætust bar þá eingla gætis.


Christ was tortured, beaten and bound; the blood splattered on {the mother of Jesus}; [= Mary] blessed Mary, blissful and most sweet, then saw the entire wounds of the Lord. No tongue of any earthly man can manage to explain before people the distress and anguish which the most glorious Virgin and {mother {of the guardian of angels}} [= God (= Christ) > = Mary] then bore.

notes: Cf. also Mar (1871, xvii): Engin tunga mꜳ þar i nꜳkvæmð fra segia oc engin hvgr hyggia. hvat mitt hiarta þolþi þá. nema sá einn er mik skapaði ‘No tongue can remotely describe and no mind can imagine what my heart then suffered, except the one who created me’.

editions: Skj [Anonyme digte og vers XIV]: [B. 2]. Máríugrátr 19 (AII, 476; BII, 510-11); Skald II, 279, NN §§1668, 2685; Kahle 1898, 59, 104, Sperber 1911, 34, 74, Wrightson 2001, 10.


AM 713 4° (713) 125, 23 - 125, 25  transcr.  image  image  
AM 1032 4°x (1032x) 64v, 12 - 64v, 19  transcr.  
AM 920 4°x (920x) 207r, 11 - 207r, 18  transcr.  image  
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