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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mgr 35VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Drápa af Máríugrát 35’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 783-4.

Anonymous PoemsDrápa af Máríugrát

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‘Síðan huldi lík í leiði
láða* runna* hilmis sunnu;
æstr var harmr, er eg Jésús mista;
aldri kom mier neitt að haldi.
Leið svá fram,’ kvað lofðungs móðir,
‘langa stund, að eg mátta ei ganga;
hvílaz vilda eg,’ himna veldis,
‘heiðar tjalds við stillis leiði.

‘Síðan huldi lík {hilmis {runna* {láða* sunnu}}} í leiði; harmr var æstr, er eg mista Jésús; aldri kom neitt að haldi mier. Svá leið fram langa stund’, kvað {móðir {lofðungs veldis himna}}, ‘að eg mátta ei ganga; eg vilda hvílaz við leiði {stillis {heiðar tjalds}}.
‘‘Then he hid the body of the lord of the trees of the lands of the sun [SKY/HEAVEN > ANGELS > = God (= Christ)] in the tomb; the grief was the greatest when I lost Jesus; never did anything come to my support. Thus it went for a long time’, said the mother of the ruler of the realm of the heavens [= God (= Christ) > = Mary], ‘that I could not walk; I wished to rest by the tomb of the lord of the heath’s tent [SKY/HEAVEN > = God (= Christ)].

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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 35: AII, 479, BII, 515, Skald II, 282, NN §3354B; Kahle 1898, 63, Sperber 1911, 38, 75, Wrightson 2001, 17.


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