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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

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.

Mss: 713(125-126), 1032ˣ(65v-66v), 920ˣ(207v)

Readings: [3] frægri allri: ‘fr[...]ri[...]’ 713, ‘frægri allrí’ 1032ˣ, ‘frægri öllumwith ‘a…’ added above the line 920ˣ    [5] meiri: ‘[...]’ 713, ‘meiri’ 1032ˣ, Máría 920ˣ    [6] heimligt: so 1032ˣ, ‘[...]t’ 713, heilagt 920ˣ    [8] standi bjart í gegnum hjarta: so 1032ˣ, 920ˣ, ‘[...]ta’ 713

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

Notes: [7-8]: These ll. echo 17/5-7 (Simeon’s prophecy in the temple; see Notes to 17/5-7). — [7] að sönnu ‘indeed’: Lit. ‘in truth’. The prep. ‘for’ is extrametrical and has been omitted in Skald (see NN §2687). However, an adverbial sönnu (n. dat. sg.) is not attested outside of Skald.


  1. Bibliography
  2. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  3. NN = Kock, Ernst Albin. 1923-44. Notationes Norrœnæ: Anteckningar till Edda och skaldediktning. Lunds Universitets årsskrift new ser. 1. 28 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  4. Sperber, Hans, ed. 1911. Sechs isländische Gedichte legendarischen Inhalts. Uppsala Universitets årsskrift, filosofi, språkvetenskap och historiska vetenskaper 2. Uppsala: Akademische Buchdruckerei Edv. Berling.
  5. Wrightson, Kellinde, ed. 2001. Fourteenth-Century Icelandic Verse on the Virgin Mary: Drápa af Maríugrát, Vitnisvísur af Maríu, Maríuvísur I-III. Viking Society for Northern Research Text Series 14. University College London: Viking Society for Northern Research.
  6. Kahle, Bernhard, ed. 1898. Isländische geistliche Dichtungen des ausgehenden Mittelalters. Heidelberg: Winter.

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