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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

‘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.’

Mss: 713(126)

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

Notes: [1-4]: The content of this helmingr echoes that of st. 18. — [3] af dauða ‘from death’: Skj B takes this with the preceding cl. (‘I shall rise up from death’; l. 2), which creates a highly complicated w.o. (see NN §1670). — [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’. — [5] kem (1st pers. sg. pres. indic.) ‘I shall come’: Skj B and Skald add the pron. ek ‘I’, which is unnecessary if we assume a suppressed subject. — [6] kraftfim (f. nom. sg.) ‘power-deft one’: This is taken as a form of address to Mary (so also Wrightson). Skj B and Skald emend to m. nom. sg. as an apposition to the subject (‘I’, i.e. Christ).


  1. Bibliography
  2. Skj B = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1912-15b. Den norsk-islandske skjaldedigtning. B: Rettet tekst. 2 vols. Copenhagen: Villadsen & Christensen. Rpt. 1973. Copenhagen: Rosenkilde & Bagger.
  3. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  4. NN = Kock, Ernst Albin. 1923-44. Notationes Norrœnæ: Anteckningar till Edda och skaldediktning. Lunds Universitets årsskrift new ser. 1. 28 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  5. Sperber, Hans, ed. 1911. Sechs isländische Gedichte legendarischen Inhalts. Uppsala Universitets årsskrift, filosofi, språkvetenskap och historiska vetenskaper 2. Uppsala: Akademische Buchdruckerei Edv. Berling.
  6. 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.
  7. Kahle, Bernhard, ed. 1898. Isländische geistliche Dichtungen des ausgehenden Mittelalters. Heidelberg: Winter.

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