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Anon Mgr 23VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Drápa af Máríugrát 23’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 776.

Anonymous PoemsDrápa af Máríugrát
222324

text and translation

‘* Krisnum á sig lýð til lausnar
lofðung hauðrs tók písl og dauða
sólar; tók að sínum vilja
syndalauss með fullu yndi.
Ætti guði að þakka þetta
þjóðin öll,’ kvað dróttins móðir,
‘lærðir menn til lofs og dýrðar
laungum prýð*i honum ýmsa saungva.’

‘{Lofðung {hauðrs sólar}} tók á sig písl og dauða til lausnar * krisnum lýð; syndalauss tók að vilja sínum með fullu yndi. Öll þjóðin ætti að þakka guði þetta’, kvað {móðir dróttins}, ‘lærðir menn prýð*i laungum ýmsa saungva til lofs og dýrðar honum.’
 
‘‘The lord of the land of the sun [SKY/HEAVEN > = God (= Christ)] took upon himself torture and death for the salvation of Christian people; sinless, he accepted it of his own will with full pleasure. All people ought to thank God for this’, said the mother of the Lord [= Mary], ‘may learned men for a long time ornament various songs to his praise and glory.’

notes and context

[1-4]: Cf. Mar (1871, 1008): ok til þess let ek festa mik ꜳ krossinn, at ek skylldi med minum dauda leysa mankynit ‘and for this reason I let myself be fastened onto the Cross, that I should save all mankind with my death’.

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editions and texts

Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV], [B. 2]. Máríugrátr 23: AII, 477, BII, 511-12, Skald II, 280, NN §§2680B, 2688; Kahle 1898, 60, 104, Sperber 1911, 35, 75, Wrightson 2001, 12.

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