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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mgr 2VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Drápa af Máríugrát 2’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 760-1.

Anonymous PoemsDrápa af Máríugrát

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Gjarna vilda eg hilmis hlýrna
hróðr dýrligan að finna móður;
vænti eg hryggr, að verkann þiggi
vandað sæti heilags anda.
Umgaupnandi allrar skepnu,
orðið gief, sem eg mun krefja,
eitt eða tvau, svá að yrkja mættig
enn sem fyrr til dýrðar henni.

Eg vilda gjarna að finna dýrligan hróðr {móður {hilmis hlýrna}}; eg vænti hryggr, að vandað sæti heilags anda þiggi verkann. {Umgaupnandi allrar skepnu}, gief orðið, sem eg mun krefja, eitt eða tvau, svá að mættig yrkja enn sem fyrr til dýrðar henni.
‘I would like very much to find precious praise for the mother of the ruler of the sun and the moon [= God (= Christ) > = Mary]; I hope, sorrowful, that the adorned seat of the Holy Spirit may accept the poem. Encompasser of all creation [= God], give the word which I may require, one or two, so that I can compose again as before to her glory.

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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. 2]. Máríugrátr 2: AII, 472, BII, 505, Skald II, 276; Kahle 1898, 56, Sperber 1911, 30, 73, Wrightson 2001, 1.


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