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Anonymous Poems (Anon)

VII. Drápa af Máríugrát (Mgr) - 52

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

Kari Ellen Gade 2007, ‘ 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. <> (accessed 21 October 2021)

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

SkP info: VII, 782

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33 — Anon Mgr 33VII

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Drápa af Máríugrát 33’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 782.

Heyri þjóð, það er heilug Máría
hýrlig sagði merkja stýri:
‘Skynlaus óaðiz skaparans dauða
skepna öll með konum og köllum.
Hristiz jörð, en björgin brustu;
beimar áttu dimt í heimi;
jafnvel misti sólin sæta
sína birti og mátti ei skína.

Heyri þjóð, það er hýrlig, heilug Máría sagði {stýri merkja}: ‘Öll skynlaus skepna með konum og köllum óaðiz dauða skaparans. Jörð hristiz, en björgin brustu; beimar áttu dimt í heimi; sólin sæta misti jafnvel birti sína og mátti ei skína.

Let people hear what friendly, holy Mary said {to the controller of symbols} [BISHOP = Augustine]: ‘All inanimate creation, along with women and men, was afraid at the death of the Creator. The earth shook and mountains shattered; men had darkness [lit. had (it) dark] in the world; the sweet sun likewise lost its brightness and could not shine.

Mss: 713(127), 1032ˣ(70v-71v), 920ˣ(208v)

Readings: [7] misti: so 1032ˣ, 920ˣ, ‘m[...]’ 713

Editions: Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV], [B. 2]. Máríugrátr 33: AII, 479, BII, 514, Skald II, 281, NN §§2691, 2858; Kahle 1898, 62, 104, Sperber 1911, 37-8, 75, Wrightson 2001, 17.

Notes: [All]: Cf. Mar (1871, xvii): Ek kende iorðina pipra vndir fotum mer. enn solina felandi sigBiorgin brvsto i sundr ‘I felt the earth shake beneath my feet, and the sun was hiding itself … The mountains burst asunder’. See also Matt. XXVII.51. — [2] stýri merkja ‘the controller of symbols [BISHOP = Augustine]’: Merkja ‘of symbols’ is taken here as a reference to the duties of a bishop (so also Wrightson). LP: merki 3 translates the word as ‘celestial bodies’ and takes stýrir merkja as a reference to ‘God’ (see stýrir 1), although the phrase is translated as ‘bishop’ in Skj B. Skald emends merkja ‘of symbols’ to klerka ‘of clerics’. — [6] áttu ‘had’: Skald emends to höfðu ‘had’ (misprint?). — [7]: The l. lacks internal rhyme.

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