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Anon Mdr 30VII

Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríudrápa 30’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 502-3.

Anonymous PoemsMáríudrápa
293031

text and translation

Heil, guðs háleit móðir,
… sjóvar stjarna,
mær, er mildi stýrir,
merkt jafnan því nafni.
Hlið kallaz, og hylli,
himinríkis, þier líkar
— sæl ertu slíkra mála —
sannleikr og dygð manna.

Heil … stjarna sjóvar, {háleit móðir guðs}, mær, er stýrir mildi, merkt jafnan því nafni. Kallaz hlið himinríkis og þier líkar hylli, sannleikr og dygð manna; ertu sæl slíkra mála.
 
‘Hail … star of the sea, glorious mother of God [= Mary], maiden, who governs mercy, always designated by that name. You are called the gate of the kingdom of heaven and you are pleased by the favour, truth and virtuous deeds of men; you are blessed with such references.

notes and context

Sts 30-6 are a slightly expanded rendering of the hymn Ave maris stella (AH 2, 39), discussed in Connelly 1957, 161-2 and Warner 2000, 20 and 262. The influence of Ave maris stella on OIcel. Marian poetry is discussed in Schottmann 1973, 53, 67, 91-3, 492, 518, 527 and 535.

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editions and texts

Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV], [B. 1]. En drape om jomfru Maria (Máríudrápa) 30: AII, 469, BII, 503, Skald II, 275, NN §§1654, 1655, 2855; Rydberg 1907, 38, 57, Attwood 1996a, 110, 310.

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