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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mgr 41VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Drápa af Máríugrát 41’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 787-8.

Anonymous PoemsDrápa af Máríugrát

text and translation

Mána strandar munki einum
móðir birti dróttins fróðum
fagnaði sína fimm, er þegnar
frægðarsvinnir jafnan minnaz.
Líkn og hjálp tók lýðs að reikna
lyndishrein með gleði og yndi
þýð og mild fyrir þessum bróður;
þetta greinir, sú er eyðir meinum.

{Móðir {dróttins {mána strandar}}} birti fimm fagnaði sína einum fróðum munki, er frægðarsvinnir þegnar minnaz jafnan. {Líkn og hjálp lýðs}, lyndishrein, þýð og mild, tók að reikna með gleði og yndi fyrir þessum bróður; þetta greinir, sú er eyðir meinum.
‘The mother of the lord of the moon’s beach [SKY/HEAVEN > = God (= Christ) > = Mary] revealed her five joys to one wise monk, as fame-wise men always recall. The mercy and salvation of people [= Mary], pure of mind, kind and gentle, began to count with joy and pleasure before this brother; [she] describes this, who puts an end to evil.

notes and context

[1-2] einum fróðum munki ‘to one wise monk’: The identity of the monk is unknown.



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 41: AII, 480, BII, 516, Skald II, 283, NN §2692; Kahle 1898, 64, Sperber 1911, 39, Wrightson 2001, 21.


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