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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mgr 4VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Drápa af Máríugrát 4’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 762.

Anonymous PoemsDrápa af Máríugrát

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Alloft beiddi inn elskufulli
Ögustínus með bænum fögrum
Máríu öllu fegri og frægri
fyldr af spekt, að vitraz skyldi.
Kunna vildi af harmi hennar
hann að skýra þjóð ið sanna,
þeim, er hon fekk, að þeingill himna
þoldi nauð og písl til dauða.

Alloft beiddi inn elskufulli Ögustínus, fyldr af spekt, Máríu, fegri og frægri öllu, með fögrum bænum, að skyldi vitraz. Hann vildi kunna að skýra þjóð ið sanna af harmi hennar, þeim, er hon fekk, að {þeingill himna} þoldi nauð og písl til dauða.
‘Very often the loving Augustine, filled with wisdom, asked Mary, fairer and more famous than anything, with fair prayers, that she should reveal herself. He wanted to be able to explain to people the truth about her grief, that which she received when the lord of the heavens [= God (= Christ)] suffered distress and torment until death.

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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 4: AII, 473, BII, 506, Skald II, 276-7, NN §§1664D, 2680A, Anm.; Kahle 1898, 56, 103, Sperber 1911, 31, 73, Wrightson 2001, 2.


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