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Anon Mdr 34VII

Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríudrápa 34’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 506.

Anonymous PoemsMáríudrápa
333435

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Einkannlig mær, mönnum
mest líknar þú flestum;
allra manna í milli
mjúkust ertu sjúkum.
Göfug eik, ger oss mjúka,
greinar lífs, og hreina;
lát oss af greypum glæpum
guði treystandi leysta.

Einkannlig mær, þú líknar mest flestum mönnum; í milli allra manna, ertu mjúkust sjúkum. Göfug eik greinar lífs, ger oss mjúka og hreina; lát oss, treystandi guði, leysta af greypum glæpum.
 
‘Unique maiden, you show mercy exceedingly to most people; among all people, you are most gentle to the sick. Noble oak of life [lit. of the branch of life], make us humble and pure; let us, trusting in God, be released from cruel sins.

notes and context

The fifth verse of the Lat. reads Virgo singularis, / inter omnes mitis, / nos culpis solutos / mites fac et castos ‘Unique virgin, gentle above all others, make us gentle and pure once we are released from our sins’.

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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) 34: AII, 470, BII, 504, Skald II, 275, NN §2678; Rydberg 1907, 38-9, 57, Attwood 1996a, 111, 311.

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