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Anon Mgr 37VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Drápa af Máríugrát 37’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 784-5.

Anonymous PoemsDrápa af Máríugrát

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Veiti hilmir vænnar stiettar
viðrkvæmilig orð í slæminn
—þetta kvæði þinnar móður
þekk kjósi smíð— bjartrar sólar.
‘Enn hlýð mier,’ kvað Jésús móðir,
‘Ögustínus, er tárin fögru,’
gæzkumild, ‘að greina skyldig,
gaft út, fyrir þier leynda krafta.

{Hilmir {vænnar stiettar bjartrar sólar}} veiti viðrkvæmilig orð í slæminn; þekk smíð kjósi þetta kvæði móður þinnar. ‘Enn hlýð mier,’ kvað {gæzkumild móðir Jésús}, ‘Ögustínus, er gaft út tárin fögru, að skyldig greina leynda krafta fyrir þier.
‘May the prince of the splendid path of the bright sun [SKY/HEAVEN > = God (= Christ)] grant suitable words in the final part; may a pleasing structure select this poem of your mother’s. ‘Again, listen to me,’ said the beneficent [lit. good-will generous] mother of Jesus [= Mary], ‘Augustine, who gave forth fair tears so that I should divulge secret marvels before you.

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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 37: AII, 479, BII, 515, Skald II, 282, NN §§3354B, 3355; Kahle 1898, 63, Sperber 1911, 38-9, 76, Wrightson 2001, 19.


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