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Anon Mgr 20VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Drápa af Máríugrát 20’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 774.

Anonymous PoemsDrápa af Máríugrát

text and translation

Ítarligr er öllum betri
eingla grundar blessaðr þeingill;
lýðr er allur leiftra stillis
lofi dýrligstu skyldr að ofra.
Öllum hlutum er æðri og sælli
eilífligastr skepnu deilir;
honum sie dýrð á himni og jörðu;
hann er hæri en gjörvalt annað.

{Ítarligr, blessaðr þeingill {grundar eingla}} er betri öllum; allur lýðr er skyldr að ofra dýrligstu lofi {stillis leiftra}. {Eilífligastr deilir skepnu} er æðri og sælli öllum hlutum; dýrð sie honum á himni og jörðu; hann er hæri en gjörvalt annað.
‘The glorious, blessed lord of the land of angels [SKY/HEAVEN > = God] is better than everyone; all people are obliged to lift up the most precious praise of the prince of lightnings [= God]. 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.

notes and context

[5-8]: For this refrain, see 16/5-8.



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 20: AII, 476, BII, 511, Skald II, 279, NN §1669; Kahle 1898, 60, Sperber 1911, 34-5, Wrightson 2001, 10.


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