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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mgr 34VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Drápa af Máríugrát 34’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 782-3.

Anonymous PoemsDrápa af Máríugrát

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‘Lausnara várs tók lík af krossi
lærisveinn, og var eg þá næri,
íturs Krists, er Jósép heitir,
ástarmjúkr og vafði í dúki.
Fýsti oss að faðma og kyssa,’
fróðust talar svá dróttins móðir,
‘mínar systr og Magdaléna
mána hauðurs stilli dauðan.

‘Ástarmjúkr lærisveinn íturs Krists, er heitir Jósép, tók lík lausnara várs af krossi og vafði í dúki, og þá var eg næri. Fýsti oss, mínar systr og Magdaléna, að faðma og kyssa {dauðan stilli {hauðurs mána}}’; svá talar {fróðust móðir dróttins}.
‘‘A loving disciple of glorious Christ, who is called Joseph, took the body of our redeemer from the Cross and wrapped it in cloth, and I was near then. We, my sisters and Magdalene, were eager to embrace and kiss the dead lord of the land of the moon [SKY/HEAVEN > = God (= Christ)]’; thus speaks the most wise mother of the Lord [= Mary].

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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 34: AII, 479, BII, 514-15, Skald II, 282; Kahle 1898, 63, Sperber 1911, 38, Wrightson 2001, 17.


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