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Anon Mgr 32VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Drápa af Máríugrát 32’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 781-2.

Anonymous PoemsDrápa af Máríugrát

Ítar*ligr og öllum mætri
— ár og friðr sie skapara várum —
máttugr giefr inn mildi dróttinn
móður sinni alt ið góða.
Yfirþjóðkonungs allra jöfra
öllu góðu í himna höllu
ræðr og stýrir mær og móðir
Máría sæl hjá dróttni várum.

Inn mildi dróttinn, máttugr, ítar*ligr og mætri öllum, giefr móður sinni alt ið góða; sie ár og friðr skapara várum. Mær og {móðir {yfirþjóðkonungs allra jöfra}} ræðr og stýrir öllu góðu í höllu himna, sæl Máría, hjá dróttni várum.

The generous Lord, mighty, glorious and more splendid than all, gives his mother everything good; may there be prosperity and peace for our Creator. The Virgin and {mother {of the supreme king of all princes}} [= God (= Christ) > = Mary] rules and governs everything good in the hall of the heavens, blessed Mary, next to our Lord.

Mss: 713(127)

Readings: [1] Ítar*ligr: ‘Itartligur’ 713    [5-8] abbrev. as ‘Yfir þiod konungs alra.’ 713

Editions: Skj AII, 479, Skj BII, 514, Skald II, 281; Kahle 1898, 62, Sperber 1911, 37, 75, Wrightson 2001, 16.

Notes: [1]: Wrightson takes this l. as a separate cl. (‘He is magnificent and more excellent than all’). — [5-8]: For the refrain, see 28/5-8.


  1. Bibliography
  2. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  3. Sperber, Hans, ed. 1911. Sechs isländische Gedichte legendarischen Inhalts. Uppsala Universitets årsskrift, filosofi, språkvetenskap och historiska vetenskaper 2. Uppsala: Akademische Buchdruckerei Edv. Berling.
  4. 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.
  5. Kahle, Bernhard, ed. 1898. Isländische geistliche Dichtungen des ausgehenden Mittelalters. Heidelberg: Winter.

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