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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mgr 45VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Drápa af Máríugrát 45’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 790-1.

Anonymous PoemsDrápa af Máríugrát

text and translation

‘Guð stie upp af grýttu láði
gæzkufimr á bjarta himna;
lofaður sitr um aldr og æfi
eilífr á veg skepnu deilir.
Ítarligr kom mier á móti
minn son guð með allri sinni
hirð ágætri himna dýrðar;
* hóf mig upp á sínum lófa.

‘Gæzkufimr guð stie upp af grýttu láði á bjarta himna; {eilífr, lofaður deilir skepnu} sitr um aldr og æfi á veg. Ítarligr son minn, guð, kom á móti mier með {allri sinni ágætri hirð dýrðar himna}; * hóf mig upp á lófa sínum.
‘‘Merciful [lit. goodness-deft] God ascended from the graveled ground into the bright heavens; the eternal, praised ordainer of creation [= God (= Christ)] sits forever and ever in glory. My magnificent son, God, came to meet me with all his famous retinue of the splendour of the heavens [ANGELS]; he lifted me up in his palm.

notes and context

[1-5]: This is the fourth supreme joy of Mary, her Ascension, see Note to 41/3. — [2-3]: These ll. recall Leið 17/4 and Lil 1/7. — [5-8]: The Assumption of Mary is her fifth supreme joy.



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 45: AII, 481, BII, 517-18, Skald II, 283-4; Kahle 1898, 65, Sperber 1911, 40, 76, Wrightson 2001, 23.


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