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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mgr 5VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Drápa af Máríugrát 5’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 762-3.

Anonymous PoemsDrápa af Máríugrát

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‘Veitum lof,’ kvað göfugur gætir
góðra klerka, ‘dróttins móður;
lærðir menn og lýða ferðir,
laugum brár og kinnr í tárum.
Mætust, bið eg, að mier skuli veita
móðir dróttins alt ið góða
jungfrú glödd, er Jésús fæddi,
enn að lýsa heiminn þenna.’

‘Veitum lof {móður dróttins},’ kvað {göfugur gætir góðra klerka}; ‘lærðir menn og ferðir lýða, laugum brár og kinnr í tárum. Eg bið, að {mætust móðir dróttins}, glödd jungfrú, er fæddi Jésús, skuli veita mier alt ið góða, enn að lýsa þenna heiminn.’
‘‘Let us give praise to the mother of the Lord [= Mary],’ said the glorious guardian of good clerics [BISHOP = Augustine]; ‘learned men and crowds of people, let us wash eyelashes and cheeks in tears. I ask that the most magnificent mother of the Lord [= Mary], the joyous Virgin who gave birth to Jesus, should grant me everything good, yet again to illuminate this world.’

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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 5: AII, 473, BII, 506, Skald II, 277, NN §§1663, 3354B; Kahle 1898, 56, 104, Sperber 1911, 31, 73-4, Wrightson 2001, 3.


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