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Anon Mdr 15VII

Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríudrápa 15’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 491.

Anonymous PoemsMáríudrápa

Hreinn fremr sigri sönnum
sólstýrir mey dýra;
víst er lýðr af löstum
leystr, sá er henni treystir.
Blíð og blessuð móðir
blóm heilagra dóma
— dugir himna guð gumnum —
gjörvallra má kallaz.

{Hreinn sólstýrir} fremr dýra mey sönnum sigri; víst er lýðr, sá er treystir henni, leystr af löstum. Blíð og blessuð móðir má kallaz blóm gjörvallra heilagra dóma; guð himna dugir gumnum.

{The pure sun-governor} [= God] promotes the glorious maiden with true victory; truly people who trust her are released from sins. The gentle and blessed mother may be called the flower of all holy judgements; the God of the heavens helps men.

Mss: B(13v), 399a-bˣ

Readings: [1] fremr sigri: so 399a‑bˣ, ‘fre[...]gre’ B    [4] treystir: ‘treyst[...]’ B, BRydberg, treysti 399a‑bˣ    [5-8] abbrev. as ‘Blid ok blezuð moder.’ B

Editions: Skj AII, 466-7, Skj BII, 500, Skald II, 273; Rydberg 1907, 35, 55, Attwood 1996a, 105-6, 306.

Notes: [5-8]: Repetition of stef 2 (first given at st. 6) is indicated by the obelos in the left margin at 13v, 47.


  1. Bibliography
  2. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  3. Attwood, Katrina. 1996a. ‘The Poems of MS AM 757a 4to: An Edition and Contextual Study’. Ph.D. thesis. University of Leeds.
  4. Rydberg, Hugo, ed. 1907. ‘Die geistlichen Drápur und Dróttkvættfragmente des Cod. AM 757 4to.’. Ph.D. thesis. University of Lund. Copenhagen: Møller.

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