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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mgr 36VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Drápa af Máríugrát 36’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 784.

Anonymous PoemsDrápa af Máríugrát

text and translation

‘Efalaus var eg, að upp mun*i rísa,
ein þváttdaginn, Kristr inn hreini’;
þjóðir halda því nú síðan
þenna dag til dýrðar henni.
Yfirþjóðkonungs allra jöfra
öllu góðu í himna höllu
ræðr og stýrir mær og móðir
Máría sæl hjá dróttni várum.

‘Eg ein var efalaus þváttdaginn, að inn hreini Kristr mun*i rísa upp’; því halda þjóðir nú síðan þenna dag til dýrðar henni. Mær og {móðir {yfirþjóðkonungs allra jöfra}} ræðr og stýrir öllu góðu í höllu himna, sæl Máría, hjá dróttni várum.
‘‘I alone was without doubt on the Saturday [lit. wash-day], that the pure Christ would rise up’; therefore people now afterwards hold this day in her honour. 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.

notes and context

[5-8]: For this refrain, see 28/5-8 and 32/5-8.



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 36: AII, 479, BII, 515, Skald II, 282, NN §2680C; Kahle 1898, 63, Sperber 1911, 38, 75-6, Wrightson 2001, 18.


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