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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mdr 41VII

Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríudrápa 41’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 512.

Anonymous PoemsMáríudrápa

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Heil vertu, drottning dýrðar,
dóma vegr og blómi,
skjöldr várr, skjól gott aldar,
skærleikr, dýgð og æra,
hjálpar staðr og stólpi,
stiett vitr og böls liettir,
gata lífs og ván ýta,
grein lofs og bót meina.

Heil vertu, drottning dýrðar, vegr og blómi dóma, skjöldr várr, gott skjól aldar, skærleikr, dýgð og æra, staðr hjálpar og stólpi, vitr stiett og liettir böls, gata lífs og ván ýta, grein lofs og bót meina.
‘Hail to you, queen of glory, glory and flower of judgements, our shield, good protection of mankind, radiance, glory and honour, place of help and pillar, wise foundation and reliever of evil, path of life and hope of men, praise [lit. branch of praise] and cure of evils.

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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) 41: AII, 471-2, BII, 504, Skald II, 276, NN §2670; Rydberg 1907, 40-1, 58, Attwood 1996a, 114, 312.


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