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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mgr 21VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Drápa af Máríugrát 21’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 774-5.

Anonymous PoemsDrápa af Máríugrát

text and translation

‘Þegnar gjörðu þraungva og harða
þyrnis korónu stilli hlýrna;
buðu honum þá með blygð og háði
bannaðir Júðar slíkt og annað.
Hjarta mitt, er eg horfða á þetta,
hræraz tók, því son minn kæri
dýrligr virði miklu meira
mína eymd en píslir sínar.’

‘Þegnar gjörðu {stilli hlýrna} þraungva og harða korónu þyrnis; bannaðir Júðar buðu honum þá og annað slíkt með blygð og háði. Hjarta mitt tók hræraz, er eg horfða á þetta, því kæri son minn, dýrligr, virði eymd mína miklu meira en píslir sínar.’
‘‘Men made a tight and hard crown of thorns for the prince of the sun and moon [= God (= Christ)]; the cursed Jews offered him that and other such things with shame and scorn. My heart began to tremble as I looked at this, because my dear son, the precious one, heeded my anguish much more than his own torments.’

notes and context

[5-8]: Cf. Mar (1871, 1006): sa ek til hans ok hann til min, ok sa ek, at hann hafdi meiri sorg af minum grꜳt enn sinni pining ‘I looked at him and he at me, and I saw that he had more sorrow from my weeping than from his own torment’.



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 21: AII, 476, BII, 511, Skald II, 279, NN §2686; Kahle 1898, 60, 104, Sperber 1911, 35, Wrightson 2001, 11.


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