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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mgr 22VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Drápa af Máríugrát 22’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 775.

Anonymous PoemsDrápa af Máríugrát

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Bragnings talar svá brúðrin signuð
byrjar hválfs af sinni álfu
full miskunnar frægri allri
fljóða sveit við skírðar þjóðir:
‘Hvar viti þier, það er harm ber meiri,
heimligt fljóð, en dróttins móðir;
að sönnu er mier, sem stálið stinna
standi bjart í gegnum hjarta.

{Signuð brúðrin {bragnings {hválfs byrjar}}} talar svá af álfu sinni, full miskunnar, frægri allri sveit fljóða, við skírðar þjóðir: ‘Hvar viti þier heimligt fljóð, það er ber meiri harm en {móðir dróttins}; að sönnu er mier, sem stálið stinna standi bjart í gegnum hjarta.
‘The blessed bride of the lord of the vault of fair wind [SKY/HEAVEN > = God > = Mary] speaks thus for her part, full of mercy, more famous than the entire host of women, to baptised people: ‘Where do you know of an earthly woman who bears more grief than the mother of the Lord [= Mary]; indeed, it is for me as if the rigid steel stands bright through my heart.

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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 22: AII, 476-7, BII, 511, Skald II, 279-80, NN §2687; Kahle 1898, 60, Sperber 1911, 35, 74-5, Wrightson 2001, 11.


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