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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mdr 29VII

Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríudrápa 29’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 502.

Anonymous PoemsMáríudrápa

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Bænheyrðu, Máría, mína
málsgnótt og bjarg sálum;
miskunnar þarf eg þinnar,
þýð mær guði kærust.
Líðr að ljósu kvæði;
lofi þínu vil eg ofra;
skyldr em eg góðu að gjalda,
göfug prýði, þier, jöfra.

Bænheyrðu, Máría, mína málsgnótt og bjarg sálum; eg þarf miskunnar þinnar, þýð mær, kærust guði. Líðr að ljósu kvæði; eg vil ofra lofi þínu; eg em skyldr að gjalda þier góðu, {göfug prýði jöfra}.
‘Be attentive, Mary, to my speech-abundance, and save my soul; I need your mercy, kind maiden, most dear to God. The bright poem draws to its end; I will exalt your praise; I am obliged to reward you with good, noble adornment of princes [= Mary].

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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) 29: AII, 469, BII, 502-3, Skald II, 275; Rydberg 1907, 37-8, 56, Attwood 1996a, 109-10, 310.


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