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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mgr 26VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Drápa af Máríugrát 26’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 778.

Anonymous PoemsDrápa af Máríugrát

text and translation

Máttugr anzar mána stiettar
móður sinni stillir þjóðar:
‘Ítrust, skal þín, jungfrú, gæta
Jón postuli, meðan lifir á fróni.
Grát eigi þú, móðir mætust,
mína kvöl nie sára pínu;
líknarfúss mun eg leysa í þessu
lýð og heim,’ kvað eingla prýðir.

{Máttugr stillir {þjóðar {mána stiettar}}} anzar móður sinni: ‘Jón postuli skal gæta þín, ítrust jungfrú, meðan lifir á fróni. Mætust móðir, grát þú eigi mína kvöl nie sára pínu; líknarfúss mun eg leysa lýð og heim í þessu,’ kvað {prýðir eingla}.
‘The mighty prince of the people of the moon’s path [SKY/HEAVEN > ANGELS > = God (= Christ)] answers his mother: ‘John the Apostle shall guard you, most splendid Virgin, while you live on earth. Most glorious mother, do not weep for my pain and bitter torment; mercy-eager, I will redeem mankind and the world by this,’ said the adorner of angels [= God (= Christ)].

notes and context

For Christ delivering Mary into the hands of John, see Mar (1871, 1007-8, 1008-9) and John XIX.26-7. For prose parallels to the last helmingr, see 23 and Notes to 23/1-4. For comparable poetry, see Kolb Jónv.



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 26: AII, 477, BII, 512-13, Skald II, 280; Kahle 1898, 61, Sperber 1911, 36, Wrightson 2001, 13.


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