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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mgr 29VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Drápa af Máríugrát 29’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 779-80.

Anonymous PoemsDrápa af Máríugrát

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‘Heyri þjóð,’ kvað heilug Máría,
‘hvessu eg gáða að orðum þessum;
mier var æ því harmrinn hæri;
herra míns tók líf að þverra.
Læriföðurinn lagði á síðu
Longínus fyrir augum mínum;
næsta bar eg svá nóga í brjósti
nauð, að mier var búið við dauða.

‘Heyri þjóð,’ kvað heilug Máría, ‘hvessu eg gáða að þessum orðum; mier var harmrinn æ því hæri; líf herra míns tók að þverra. Longínus lagði læriföðurinn á síðu fyrir augum mínum; næsta bar eg svá nóga nauð í brjósti, að mier var búið við dauða.
‘‘May people hear,’ said holy Mary, ‘how I cared about these words; to me the grief was ever the greater; the life of my Lord began to wane. Longinus pierced the teacher in the side before my eyes; next I bore such abundant anguish in my breast that I was prepared for death.

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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 29: AII, 478, BII, 513, Skald II, 281, NN §2831; Kahle 1898, 61-2, Sperber 1911, 37-8, 75, Wrightson 2001, 15.


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