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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mdr 12VII

Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríudrápa 12’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 488-9.

Anonymous PoemsMáríudrápa

text and translation

Hlaut Máría mætan
minn græðara að fæða;
hátt ferr dýrð, sú er dróttinn
dáðnenninn giefr henni.
Lofar, þá er öllum er efri
ein riett í veg hreinum,
— Kristr skipar hjá sier hæsta
heims drottning — lið* beima.

Máría hlaut að fæða mætan græðara minn; hátt ferr dýrð, sú er dáðnenninn dróttinn giefr henni. Lið* beima lofar, þá er ein er riett efri öllum í hreinum veg; Kristr skipar {hæsta drottning heims} hjá sier.
‘Mary was chosen to give birth to my worthy Saviour; exalted is the glory which the deed-powerful Lord gives her. The company of men praises the one who alone, rightly, is higher than all in pure honour. Christ establishes the highest queen of the world [= Mary] beside himself.

notes and context

[5-8]: First repetition of stef 1 (cf. st. 3).



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) 12: AII, 466, BII, 499, Skald II, 272; Rydberg 1907, 34, 55, Attwood 1996a, 104-5, 305.


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