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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mgr 43VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Drápa af Máríugrát 43’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 789.

Anonymous PoemsDrápa af Máríugrát

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‘Fystan tel eg þann fögnuð hæstan;
fann eingill mig sólar þeingils;
hann sendi mier helgan anda
háleitan með gleði og teiti.
Glöddumz eg, þá er skaparinn skrýddi
skýfoldar sig mínu holdi,
meistari alls fyrir mínu brjósti,
mær var eg guðs, svá að hvern dag bærðiz.

‘Fystan tel eg þann hæstan fögnuð; eingill {þeingils sólar} fann mig; hann sendi mier háleitan helgan anda með gleði og teiti. Eg glöddumz, þá er {skaparinn {skýfoldar}} skrýddi sig holdi mínu, svá að {meistari alls} bærðiz hvern dag fyrir brjósti mínu; eg var mær guðs.
‘‘As the first I count that highest joy; the angel of the lord of the sun [= God] visited me; he sent me the sublime Holy Spirit with joy and cheer. I became glad, when the creator of the cloud-land [SKY/HEAVEN > = God (= Christ)] adorned himself in my flesh, so that the master of the universe [= God (= Christ)] stirred each day beneath my breast; I was the Virgin of God.

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Text is based on reconstruction from the base text and variant apparatus and may contain alternative spellings and other normalisations not visible in the manuscript text. Transcriptions may not have been checked and should not be cited.

editions and texts

Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV], [B. 2]. Máríugrátr 43: AII, 481, BII, 517, Skald II, 283, NN §2694; Kahle 1898, 64, Sperber 1911, 40, 76, Wrightson 2001, 22.


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