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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mgr 31VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Drápa af Máríugrát 31’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 781.

Anonymous PoemsDrápa af Máríugrát

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Mæla frá eg það sikling sólar
seinast, enn sem eg má greina:
‘Anda minn fel eg yðr á hendi,
eilífr faðir,’ kvað skepnu deilir.
Lofsæll dó til lausnar öllum
lýð Jésús, sem guðspjöll þýða,
langa frjádag; lof guðs syngja
lærðir menn og öðrum kenna.

Eg frá {sikling sólar} mæla það seinast, sem eg má enn greina: ‘Eilífr faðir, á hendi yðr fel eg anda minn,’ kvað {deilir skepnu}. Lofsæll Jésús dó langa frjádag til lausnar öllum lýð, sem guðspjöll þýða; lærðir menn syngja lof guðs og kenna öðrum.
‘I learned that the lord of the sun [= God (= Christ)] said that at the last, as I yet shall tell: ‘Eternal father, into your hand I commend my spirit,’ said the ordainer of creation [= Christ]. Praise-blessed Jesus died on Good Friday [lit. long Friday] for the redemption of all people, as the gospels explain; learned men sing the praise of God and teach it to others.

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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 31: AII, 478, BII, 514, Skald II, 281; Kahle 1898, 62, 104, Sperber 1911, 37, Wrightson 2001, 16.


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