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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mgr 12VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Drápa af Máríugrát 12’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 768-9.

Anonymous PoemsDrápa af Máríugrát

text and translation

‘Föstudaginn með frægum Kristi
fyst rieð eg við tveimur systrum
mínum og svá Magdaléna
Máría að fylgja dróttni várum.
Guðs son er til dráps og dauða
dæmdi Pilátus lýðs að vilja,
Júðar leiddu hann og hæddu
hlógu og glödduz; þar með slógu.

‘Föstudaginn með frægum Kristi rieð eg fyst að fylgja dróttni várum við tveimur systrum mínum og svá Máría Magdaléna. Er Pilátus dæmdi {son Guðs} til dráps og dauða að vilja lýðs, leiddu Júðar hann og hæddu, hlógu og glödduz; þar með slógu.
‘‘On Friday [lit. fast-day] next to famous Christ I first decided to follow our Lord with my two sisters and so also Mary Magdalene. When Pilate sentenced the son of God [= Christ] to execution and death at the wish of the people, the Jews led him away and mocked him, laughed and rejoiced; in addition, they beat him.

notes and context

[1-4]: Cf. Mar (1871, xvi): þar voro oc þa i hia mér minar kiærozto systr miog grátandi. millum hverra er var Maria Magdalena ‘there were then also next to me my most beloved sisters who wept ardently, among whom was Mary Magdalene’. — [5-8]: Cf. Mar (1871, xvi): ec sá hann sleginn með hnefvmhæddan oc halldinn sem annarra manna haðung mꜳ mest vera oc brigzli ‘I saw him hit with fists … mocked and held in such a way that must be the most humiliation and scorn to other men’.



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. 2]. Máríugrátr 12: AII, 474-5, BII, 508, Skald II, 278; Kahle 1898, 58, Sperber 1911, 32-3, Wrightson 2001, 6.


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