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Anon Mgr 51VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Drápa af Máríugrát 51’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 794.

Anonymous PoemsDrápa af Máríugrát
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Bið eg þig, Kristr, og blessuð móðir,
bæði ykkr, að þetta kvæði
launið mier, er lífi týnig;
lærifaðirinn, statt þá næri.
Ítr, leittu mig, Jésús dróttinn,
undan hörðum djöfla fundi
— mun eg þá kjósa mærðar launin —
mína sál í gæzku þína.

Eg bið þig, Kristr, og blessuð móðir, ykkr bæði, að launið mier þetta kvæði, er týnig lífi; lærifaðirinn, statt næri þá. Ítr dróttinn Jésús, leittu mig undan hörðum fundi djöfla, sál mína í gæzku þína; þá mun eg kjósa launin mærðar.
 
‘I ask you, Christ, and blessed mother, you both, that you reward me for this poem, when I lose my life; teacher, stand nearby then. Magnificent Lord Jesus, lead me away from the harsh meeting with devils, my soul into your goodness; then I may choose the rewards for my praise-poem.

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Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV], [B. 2]. Máríugrátr 51: AII, 482, BII, 519, Skald II, 285, NN §2697; Kahle 1898, 66, Sperber 1911, 42, 76, Wrightson 2001, 26.

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