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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mgr 24VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Drápa af Máríugrát 24’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 777.

Anonymous PoemsDrápa af Máríugrát

text and translation

Guðs sonar minniz dráps og dauða
dróttin skírð við hrygð og ótta
frjádag hvern með vándra vörnun
verka í saung og tárum sterkum.
Öllum hlutum er æðri og sælli
eilífligastr skepnu deilir;
honum sie dýrð á himni og jörðu;
hann er hæri en gjörvalt annað.

Skírð dróttin minniz dráps og dauða {sonar guðs} í saung við hrygð og ótta hvern frjádag með vörnun vándra verka og sterkum tárum. {Eilífligastr deilir skepnu} er æðri og sælli öllum hlutum; dýrð sie honum á himni og jörðu; hann er hæri en gjörvalt annað.
‘May the baptised retinue recall the killing and death of the son of God [= Christ] in song with sorrow and fear every Friday, with avoidance of wicked deeds and with vigorous tears. 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 and 20/5-8.



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 24: AII, 477, BII, 512, Skald II, 280; Kahle 1898, 60-1, 104, Sperber 1911, 35-6, 75, Wrightson 2001, 12.


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