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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mgr 27VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Drápa af Máríugrát 27’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 778-9.

Anonymous PoemsDrápa af Máríugrát

text and translation

‘Ráðinn er eg að rækta móður;
rísa mun eg upp,’ kvað sólar vísir,
‘leiða oss til lífs af dauða;
lystur skal eg að sjá þig fysta.
Kát vertú, því að kem á móti,
kraftfim, þier af björtum himni;
gjarna skal eg með gleði á hlýrni
glæstum skipa þier mier ið næsta.’

‘Eg er ráðinn að rækta móður; eg mun rísa upp,’ kvað {vísir sólar}, ‘leiða oss til lífs af dauða; eg skal lystur að sjá þig fysta. Vertú kát, því að kem á móti þier af björtum himni, kraftfim; eg skal gjarna með gleði skipa þier ið næsta mier á glæstum hlýrni.’
‘‘I am determined to take care of my mother; I shall rise up,’ said the ruler of the sun [= God (= Christ)], ‘[and] lead us to life from death; I shall [be] eager to see you first. Be cheerful, because I shall come to meet you from bright heaven, power-deft one; I shall readily with joy place you next to me in the gleaming heaven.’

notes and context

[1-4]: The content of this helmingr echoes that of st. 18. — [5-8]: Cf. Mar (1871, 1008): skalltu med sæmd ok æfinnligum fagnadi þangat komazt, þuiat ek uil nu bua fyrir þier sæmiligan stad, sem himirikis drottning byriar ‘you shall come there with honour and eternal joy, because I will now prepare for you a glorious place as it is fitting for the queen of heaven’.


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 27: AII, 477-8, BII, 513, Skald II, 280, NN §1670; Kahle 1898, 61, 104, Sperber 1911, 36, 75, Wrightson 2001, 14.


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