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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mdr 21VII

Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríudrápa 21’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 496.

Anonymous PoemsMáríudrápa

text and translation

Heitur glyggranns gætir
góðr vegligri móður
sinni sier að unna;
satt mál er það sálum.
Lofar þá er öllum er efri
ein riett í veg hreinum,
— Kristr skipar hjá sier hæsta
heims drottning — lið* beima.

{Góðr gætir {glyggranns}} heitur vegligri móður sinni að unna sier; það er satt mál sálum. Lið* beima lofar, þá er ein er riett efri öllum í hreinum veg; Kristr skipar {hæsta drottning heims} hjá sier.
‘The good guardian of the storm-house [SKY/HEAVEN > = God (= Christ)] promises his glorious mother to love her; that is a true agreement for souls. 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]: Repetition of the first stef, previously given in sts 3 and 12, is indicated by an obelos in the right margin of 14r/7.



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) 21: AII, 468, BII, 501, Skald II, 274, NN §1648; Rydberg 1907, 36, 55, Attwood 1996a, 107, 308.


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