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Anon Mgr 47VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Drápa af Máríugrát 47’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 791-2.

Anonymous PoemsDrápa af Máríugrát
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‘Gjör svá vel,’ kvað göfgust Máría,
‘gleði mig þjóð með eingils kveðju;
langar mig til, að á lýða tungu
lieki jafnan Dóminus técum.
Lítið hier, að laun á móti
lúkaz skulu, ef beðið er sjúkum
himna gæti heilsubótar;
heiti eg yðr, að líkn skal veita.’

‘Gjör svá vel,’ kvað göfgust Máría, ‘þjóð gleði mig með {kveðju eingils}; langar mig til, að “Dóminus técum” lieki jafnan á lýða tungu. Lítið hier, að laun skulu lúkaz á móti, ef er beðið {gæti himna} heilsubótar sjúkum; eg heiti yðr, að skal veita líkn.’
 
‘‘Be so good,’ said most excellent Mary, ‘may men please me with the greeting of the angel [= Hail Mary]; I long that “the Lord is with you” shall always play on people’s tongue. See here, that rewards shall be paid in return, if people pray [lit. it is prayed] to the guardian of the heavens [= God (= Christ)] for a cure for the sick; I promise you that [he] shall grant mercy.’

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Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV], [B. 2]. Máríugrátr 47: AII, 481, BII, 518, Skald II, 284, NN §§2680D, 2696, 2857; Kahle 1898, 65, Sperber 1911, 41, 76, Wrightson 2001, 24.

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