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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mgr 40VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Drápa af Máríugrát 40’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 787.

Anonymous PoemsDrápa af Máríugrát

text and translation

Prúðlig verk fyrir píslar marki
pátris déí formið gráti;
sonar guðs oft í saung og bænum
sára minniz þjóð með tárum.
Hneigið yðr fyrir lærðum lýðum
langa stund með skriftagangi;
bekkr iðranar ór brjósti klökku
bragna* laugi kinnr og augu.

Formið prúðlig verk gráti fyrir {marki píslar pátris déí}; þjóð minniz oft sára {sonar guðs} með tárum í saung og bænum. Hneigið yðr langa stund fyrir lærðum lýðum með skriftagangi; {bekkr iðranar} ór klökku brjósti laugi kinnr og augu bragna*.
‘Perform glorious deeds with weeping before the sign of the Passion of God the father [CROSS]; may people often recall the wounds of the son of God [= Christ] with tears in song and prayers. Prostrate yourselves for a long time before learned people in confession; may the brook of repentance [TEARS] from the agitated breast wash the cheeks and eyes of men.

notes and context

This admonition seems to come from the poet (not from Mary; see Notes to 40), and the st. forms the transition from the lament of Mary as told in Mar to the enumeration of her five joys (see Introduction).



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 40: AII, 480, BII, 516, Skald II, 283; Kahle 1898, 64, 104, Sperber 1911, 39, 76, Wrightson 2001, 20.


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