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Anon Mgr 16VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Drápa af Máríugrát 16’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 771.

Anonymous PoemsDrápa af Máríugrát
151617

Stillir, heyrðu, störnuhallar;
stef væri eg þier búinn að færa
einkar mætt, ef eg má hitta
orðagnótt að vilja dróttins.
Öllum hlutum er æðri og sælli
eilífligastr skepnu deilir;
honum sie dýrð á himni og jörðu;
hann er hæri en gjörvalt annað.

Heyrðu, {stillir {störnuhallar}}; eg væri búinn að færa þier einkar mætt stef, ef eg má hitta orðagnótt að vilja dróttins. {Eilífligastr deilir skepnu} er æðri og sælli öllum hlutum; dýrð sie honum á himni og jörðu; hann er hæri en gjörvalt annað.

Listen, {lord {of the star-hall}} [SKY/HEAVEN > = God]; I would be ready to bring you an extremely splendid refrain, if I can find a richness of words according to the Lord’s will. {The most eternal ordainer of creation} [= God] is more distinguished and blessed than all things; glory be to him in heaven and on earth; he is higher than everything else.

Mss: 713(125)

Readings: [2] færa: færa with hefja written in the margin in another hand 713

Editions: Skj AII, 475, Skj BII, 509-10, Skald II, 278-9; Kahle 1898, 59, 104, Sperber 1911, 33-4, 74, Wrightson 2001, 8.

Notes: [2] færa ‘bring’: This is the original reading in 713. The verb hefja ‘uplift, begin’ has been added in the right margin of 713, and that reading has been adopted in Skj B and Skald. — [5-8]: This is the first refrain (stef) in Mgr.

References

  1. Bibliography
  2. Skj B = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1912-15b. Den norsk-islandske skjaldedigtning. B: Rettet tekst. 2 vols. Copenhagen: Villadsen & Christensen. Rpt. 1973. Copenhagen: Rosenkilde & Bagger.
  3. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  4. Sperber, Hans, ed. 1911. Sechs isländische Gedichte legendarischen Inhalts. Uppsala Universitets årsskrift, filosofi, språkvetenskap och historiska vetenskaper 2. Uppsala: Akademische Buchdruckerei Edv. Berling.
  5. Wrightson, Kellinde, ed. 2001. Fourteenth-Century Icelandic Verse on the Virgin Mary: Drápa af Maríugrát, Vitnisvísur af Maríu, Maríuvísur I-III. Viking Society for Northern Research Text Series 14. University College London: Viking Society for Northern Research.
  6. Kahle, Bernhard, ed. 1898. Isländische geistliche Dichtungen des ausgehenden Mittelalters. Heidelberg: Winter.
  7. Internal references
  8. Kari Ellen Gade 2007, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Drápa af Máríugrát’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 758-95.
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