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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mgr 17VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Drápa af Máríugrát 17’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 771-2.

Anonymous PoemsDrápa af Máríugrát

text and translation

Máríu orð er mörg að skýra
mjög grætilig þjóð, en sæta,
máttuligrar móður dróttins,
meir enn hrein rieð slíkt að greina:
‘Því líkast var mier, sem mækir
mundi bjartr í gegnum hjarta
standa mitt, er eg Jésús undir
allar leit með benja sveita.

Mörg, mjög grætilig orð Máríu, {máttuligrar móður dróttins}, er að skýra þjóð, en hrein sæta rieð enn meir að greina slíkt: ‘Var mier líkast því, sem bjartr mækir mundi standa í gegnum hjarta mitt, er eg leit allar undir Jésús með {sveita benja}.
‘There are many, very distressful [lit. tearful] words of Mary, the mighty mother of the Lord [= Mary], to explain to people, and the pure lady again later proceeded to tell such things: ‘It was for me just as if a bright sword were to stand through my heart when I saw all Jesus’ wounds with the sweat of injuries [BLOOD].

notes and context

[5-8]: Cf. Mar (1871, 1006): ok syrgda ek þa suo hormuliga, at eingi er sꜳ lifandi madr ꜳ jardriki, er þar megi fra segia, ok uar þat eigi undr, þuiat ek sꜳ hlaupanda fra honum fiora blodlæki bædi af haundum ok fotum ‘and I then lamented so sorely that there is no living person on earth who can describe it, and that was not a marvel, because I saw four rivulets of blood running both from his hands and feet’.


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 17: AII, 475-6, BII, 510, Skald II, 279, NN §1667; Kahle 1898, 59, 104, Sperber 1911, 34, 74, Wrightson 2001, 9.


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