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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mgr 14VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Drápa af Máríugrát 14’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 770.

Anonymous PoemsDrápa af Máríugrát

text and translation

‘Gyðinga fólk með grimd og háði
geingu að og hræktu á leingi;
bundu, meiddu, börðu og hæddu
bæði mann og guð várn sannan.
Virðar grimmir vísi dýrðar
völdu allskyns písla fjölda;
bjart gjör eg, að mitt brjóst og herðar
bar það angr, að eg mátta ei ganga.

‘Fólk Gyðinga geingu að með grimd og háði og hræktu á leingi; bundu, meiddu, börðu og hæddu bæði mann og sannan guð várn. Grimmir virðar völdu fjölda allskyns písla {vísi dýrðar}; eg gjör bjart, að brjóst mitt og herðar bar það angr, að eg mátta ei ganga.
‘‘The people of the Jews went at it with ferocity and scorn and spat on him for a long time; they bound, wounded, beat and mocked both the man and our true God. Cruel men selected a multitude of all kinds of torments for the prince of splendour [= God (= Christ)]; I make it clear that my breast and shoulders carried that pain, so that I could not walk.

notes and context

[1-4]: The content of this helmingr echoes 12/5-8 as well as Anon Lil 49/1-4.



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 14: AII, 475, BII, 509, Skald II, 278; Kahle 1898, 58, Sperber 1911, 33, 74, Wrightson 2001, 7.


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