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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mgr 49VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Drápa af Máríugrát 49’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 793.

Anonymous PoemsDrápa af Máríugrát

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Þurt er mier í hring um hjarta,
hvarma lón þó að renni af sjónum;
svik eru slíkt og synda auki
sárr, ef hrósa eg slíkum tárum.
Hlotnaz láttu hjálparvatnið,
hreggskríns jöfurr, svá nægi mínu;
hryni sú mier með helgum bænum
hvarma laugin út af augum.

Er þurt í hring um hjarta mier, þó að {lón hvarma} renni af sjónum; slíkt eru svik og sárr auki synda, ef eg hrósa slíkum tárum. {Jöfurr {hreggskríns}}, láttu hjálparvatnið hlotnaz, svá nægi mínu; {sú laugin hvarma} hryni út af augum mier með helgum bænum.
‘It is dry around my heart, although the pool of the eyelids [TEARS] runs from my eyes; such is the deceit and bitter increase of sins, if I praise such tears. Prince of the storm-shrine [SKY/HEAVEN > = God (= Christ)], let the salvation-water be allotted, so that it is sufficient for me; may that cleansing-water of the eyelids [TEARS] flow out of my eyes with holy 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 49: AII, 482, BII, 518-19, Skald II, 284; Kahle 1898, 66, Sperber 1911, 41, 76, Wrightson 2001, 25.


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