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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 24 May 2022)

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

SkP info: VII, 793

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49 — Anon Mgr 49VII

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Drápa af Máríugrát 49’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 793.

Þurt er mier í hring um hjarta,
hvarma lón þó að renni af sjónum;
svik eru slíkt og synda auki
sárr, ef hrósa eg slíkum tárum.
Hlotnaz láttu hjálparvatnið,
hreggskríns jöfurr, svá nægi mínu;
hryni sú mier með helgum bænum
hvarma laugin út af augum.

Er þurt í hring um hjarta mier, þó að {lón hvarma} renni af sjónum; slíkt eru svik og sárr auki synda, ef eg hrósa slíkum tárum. {Jöfurr {hreggskríns}}, láttu hjálparvatnið hlotnaz, svá nægi mínu; {sú laugin hvarma} hryni út af augum mier með helgum bænum.

It is dry around my heart, although {the pool of the eyelids} [TEARS] runs from my eyes; such is the deceit and bitter increase of sins, if I praise such tears. {Prince {of the storm-shrine}} [SKY/HEAVEN > = God (= Christ)], let the salvation-water be allotted, so that it is sufficient for me; may {that cleansing-water of the eyelids} [TEARS] flow out of my eyes with holy prayers.

Mss: 713(128)

Editions: Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV], [B. 2]. Máríugrátr 49: AII, 482, BII, 518-19, Skald II, 284; Kahle 1898, 66, Sperber 1911, 41, 76, Wrightson 2001, 25.

Notes: [6] mínu (n. dat. sg.) ‘me’: Lit. ‘mine’. The verb gnægja (gnægi 3rd pers. sg. pres. subj.) ‘suffice, be sufficient’ is used impersonally with a dat. object (see Fritzner: nœgja). Mínu ‘mine’ must refer to hjálparvatnið ‘salvation-water’ (l. 5), the sense being that the poet asks that enough ‘salvation-water’ should be allotted so that he can weep tears of true penitence, along with holy prayers, for all the sins he has committed.

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