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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mgr 50VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Drápa af Máríugrát 50’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 793-4.

Anonymous PoemsDrápa af Máríugrát

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Dýrka skyldi af allri orku
almætastan himna gæti;
skylda er það fyrir skírðar aldir;
skapari sannr er hann allra manna.
Veittu mier þá, inn dýrsti dróttinn,
dýrðar grein, að hitti eg hreina
fjörtjóns stund, svá að fúlir andar
fyndi aungvar með mier syndir.

Skyldi dýrka {almætastan gæti himna} af allri orku; það er skylda fyrir skírðar aldir; hann er sannr skapari allra manna. Inn dýrsti dróttinn, veittu mier þá grein dýrðar, að eg hitti hreina stund fjörtjóns, svá að fúlir andar fyndi aungvar syndir með mier.
‘One must worship the most glorious guardian of the heavens [= God] with all might; that is an obligation for baptised people; he is the true creator of all men. Most precious Lord, grant me that portion of glory, that I may encounter a pure hour of life-loss, so that foul spirits might not find any sins in me.

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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 50: AII, 482, BII, 519, Skald II, 284; Kahle 1898, 66, 105, Sperber 1911, 41-2, 76, Wrightson 2001, 25.


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