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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mgr 42VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Drápa af Máríugrát 42’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 788-9.

Anonymous PoemsDrápa af Máríugrát

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Hvern dag fimm vil eg heyra snemma
höfuðfagnaði grams kveða bragna
móður; bið eg, að mínir lýðir
minniz þeira orða svinnir.
Kenna mun eg þá alla og inna
— orð sönn eru það — lærðum mönnum;
næsta er skylt, að nemi sem flestir
nýtar bænir kristnir ýtar.

Hvern dag snemma vil eg heyra bragna kveða fimm höfuðfagnaði {móður grams}; eg bið, að svinnir lýðir mínir minniz þeira orða. Eg mun kenna þá alla og inna lærðum mönnum; það eru sönn orð; næsta er skylt, að kristnir ýtar nemi sem flestir nýtar bænir.
‘Every day early I want to hear men recite the five supreme joys of the mother of the ruler [= Mary]; I pray that my wise people recall those words. I will teach them all and tell them to learned men; those are true words; next it is necessary that as many Christian people as possible learn the useful prayers.

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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 42: AII, 480, BII, 517, Skald II, 283, NN §§2681, 2693, 2831, 3356; Kahle 1898, 64, 105, Sperber 1911, 40, 76, Wrightson 2001, 21.


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