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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mdr 11VII

Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríudrápa 11’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 487-8.

Anonymous PoemsMáríudrápa

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Heil, þú er hjálpar sálum,
heims prýði og líf beima
dýrð himneskrar hirðar
heiðskírt … deilis.
Þú ert makligast miklu
miskunnar ker funnið,
… hjálp og sæla
hrein, m guði einum.

Heil, þú er hjálpar sálum, prýði heims og heiðskírt líf beima, dýrð {deilis … himneskrar hirðar}. Hrein hjálp og … sæla, þú ert funnið miklu makligast ker miskunnar m guði einum.
‘Hail, you who help souls, world’s adornment and clear life of men, glory of the provider … of the heavenly court [= God]. Pure help and … bliss, you are revealed as by far the most deserving vessel of mercy with the one 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. 1]. En drape om jomfru Maria (Máríudrápa) 11: AII, 466, BII, 499, Skald II, 272, NN §§1638, 1639; Rydberg 1907, 34, 54, Attwood 1996a, 104, 305.


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