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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mgr 3VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Drápa af Máríugrát 3’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 761.

Anonymous PoemsDrápa af Máríugrát

text and translation

Er svá komið, að ætla eg meira
öðlingur, þier, bjartra röðla
ítarligr, er öllum veitir
yndis gnógt, ef hafna syndum.
Verð eg mier að aungu orði
einhlítr, nema þið vilið beina,
sannur guð og in sælsta móðir;
sýta mun eg og iðraz lýta.

Svá er komið, að eg ætla meira þier, {ítarligr öðlingur bjartra röðla}, er veitir öllum gnógt yndis, ef hafna syndum. Eg verð mier einhlítr að aungu orði, nema þið vilið beina, sannur guð og in sælsta móðir; eg mun sýta og iðraz lýta.
‘Now it has happened that I expect more from you, magnificent prince of bright suns [= God], who grants plenty of pleasure to all if they renounce sins. I cannot become self-sufficient with any word, unless you two will want to help, true God and the most blessed mother; I will lament and repent my faults.

notes and context

[5-8]: These ll. recall Leið 34/7-8.



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 3: AII, 473, BII, 506, Skald II, 276; Kahle 1898, 56, 103, Sperber 1911, 30, 73, Wrightson 2001, 2.


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