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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mdr 13VII

Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríudrápa 13’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 489-90.

Anonymous PoemsMáríudrápa

text and translation

Hrein fyld Máría mildi
mjúk, andvarpa …
til þín, lýðs, á láði
lífsvegr, gumnar fegnir.
Döggva, drottning seggja
dáðvís, paradísar
…eps að geyma
gamals, þó að djöflar hamli.

Hrein, mjúk Máría, fyld mildi, fegnir gumnar á láði andvarpa til þín, lífsvegr lýðs. {Dáðvís drottning seggja}, döggva … paradísar að geyma gamals …, þó að djöflar hamli.
‘Pure, gentle Mary, filled with grace, joyful men on earth weep for you, life-path of people. Deed-wise queen of men [= Mary], bedew … of Paradise to heed old …, though devils may wound.

notes and context

B is badly damaged, so earlier transcripts have been consulted to make some sense of the text, including Jón Sigurðsson’s readings in the 444ˣ transcript, and Sveinbjörn Egilsson’s emendation, suggested in a n. to that transcript, to lýðs in l. 3. Both Rydberg and Kock (NN §2674) engage in wholesale reconstruction.



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) 13: AII, 466, BII, 499, Skald II, 273, NN §2674; Rydberg 1907, 34, 55, Attwood 1996a, 105, 306.


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