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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
252627

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)].

Mss: 713(126), 1032ˣ(67v-68v), 920ˣ(208r)

Readings: [6] nie: so 1032ˣ, 920ˣ, ‘n[...]’ 713

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

Notes: [All]: 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.

References

  1. Bibliography
  2. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  3. Sperber, Hans, ed. 1911. Sechs isländische Gedichte legendarischen Inhalts. Uppsala Universitets årsskrift, filosofi, språkvetenskap och historiska vetenskaper 2. Uppsala: Akademische Buchdruckerei Edv. Berling.
  4. 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.
  5. Kahle, Bernhard, ed. 1898. Isländische geistliche Dichtungen des ausgehenden Mittelalters. Heidelberg: Winter.
  6. Internal references
  7. Beatrice La Farge 2007, ‘(Introduction to) Kolbeinn Tumason, Jónsvísur’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 223-7.
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