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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mdr 8VII

Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríudrápa 8’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 485.

Anonymous PoemsMáríudrápa

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Sæl og harðla heilug,
heyr, Máría, várar
bænir, bragna pínu
bót og synda ljótra.
Höll taktu í frið fullan
fljótt miskunnar dróttins
af greypustu glæpa
grandi várar andir.

Sæl og harðla heilug Máría, heyr bænir várar, bót bragna pínu og ljótra synda. {Höll {miskunnar dróttins}}, taktu fljótt andir várar af greypustu grandi glæpa í fullan frið.
‘Blessed and very holy Mary, hear our prayers, remedy for men’s torment and ugly sins. Hall of the mercy of the Lord [= God (= Christ) > = Mary], quickly fetch our souls from the cruellest pain of sins into secure peace.

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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) 8: AII, 465, BII, 498, Skald II, 272; Konráð Gíslason 1860, 556, Rydberg 1907, 33, 54, Attwood 1996a, 103-4, 304.


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