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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mgr 25VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Drápa af Máríugrát 25’ 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

Heyrið það, er heilug Máría
hjálpargladdan Jésúm kvaddi:
‘Skjöldungr, lát mig skilja aldri,
skýja hauðrs, við þig lífs nie dauðan.
Er það vón, að unni eg meira
eingietnum syni Kristi hreinum
en þau sprund, er ala með syndum
eldi sín með harm og pínu.’

Heyrið það, er heilug Máría kvaddi hjálpargladdan Jésúm: ‘{Skjöldungr {hauðrs skýja}}, lát mig aldri skilja við þig lífs nie dauðan. Það er vón, að eg unni eingietnum syni, hreinum Kristi, meira en þau sprund, er ala eldi sín með syndum með harm og pínu.’
‘Hear that with which holy Mary greeted salvation-cheered Jesus: ‘Lord of the land of clouds [SKY/HEAVEN > = God (= Christ)], let me never part from you alive or dead. It is to be expected, that I should love my only-begotten son, the pure Christ, more than those women who bear their children in sins with sorrow and torment.’

notes and context

The content of this st. is mirrored in a lengthy speech by Mary in Mar (1871, 1007).


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 25: AII, 477, BII, 512, Skald II, 280, NN §§2680B, 2689; Kahle 1898, 60-1, Sperber 1911, 36, 75, Wrightson 2001, 13.


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