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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, ‘ 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 2 December 2021)

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

SkP info: VII, 784-5

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37 — Anon Mgr 37VII

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Drápa af Máríugrát 37’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 784-5.

Veiti hilmir vænnar stiettar
viðrkvæmilig orð í slæminn
—þetta kvæði þinnar móður
þekk kjósi smíð— bjartrar sólar.
‘Enn hlýð mier,’ kvað Jésús móðir,
‘Ögustínus, er tárin fögru,’
gæzkumild, ‘að greina skyldig,
gaft út, fyrir þier leynda krafta.

{Hilmir {vænnar stiettar bjartrar sólar}} veiti viðrkvæmilig orð í slæminn; þekk smíð kjósi þetta kvæði móður þinnar. ‘Enn hlýð mier,’ kvað {gæzkumild móðir Jésús}, ‘Ögustínus, er gaft út tárin fögru, að skyldig greina leynda krafta fyrir þier.

May {the prince {of the splendid path of the bright sun}} [SKY/HEAVEN > = God (= Christ)] grant suitable words in the final part; may a pleasing structure select this poem of your mother’s. ‘Again, listen to me,’ said {the beneficent [lit. good-will generous] mother of Jesus} [= Mary], ‘Augustine, who gave forth fair tears so that I should divulge secret marvels before you.

Mss: 713(127)

Editions: Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV], [B. 2]. Máríugrátr 37: AII, 479, BII, 515, Skald II, 282, NN §§3354B, 3355; Kahle 1898, 63, Sperber 1911, 38-9, 76, Wrightson 2001, 19.

Notes: [2] í slæminn ‘in the final part’: Slæmr is the last part in a tripartite poem (see Introduction and List of Technical Terms). — [4]: The l. lacks internal rhyme. A possible emendation would be to replace bjartrar sólar ‘of the bright sun’ with bjartra ljósa ‘of bright lights’. — [6] Ögustínus ‘Augustine’: (‘Augustínus’ 713.) For this form, see Note to 4/2. — [7] gæzkumild (f. nom. sg. adj.) ‘beneficent’: The present edn follows Skald (see NN §3355). Skj B and Wrightson take the adj. as n. acc. pl. and construe it with tárin fögru ‘fair tears’ (l. 6).

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