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Anon Mgr 6VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Drápa af Máríugrát 6’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 763-4.

Anonymous PoemsDrápa af Máríugrát
567

text and translation

Guðs son drakk þín brjóstin bæði,
blessuð mær, að tóktu að færa
tírargjörn af tungu fornri
taldra daga í musterið valda.
Máttugt víf og móðir dróttins,
mætan ofrar himna gæti;
son þinn taldi Síméon þenna
sannan guð og in helga Anna.

{Guðs son} drakk bæði brjóstin þín, blessuð mær, að tóktu, tírargjörn, að færa í musterið valda daga taldra af fornri tungu. Máttugt víf og {móðir dróttins}, ofrar {mætan gæti himna}; Síméon og in helga Anna taldi þenna son þinn sannan guð.
 
‘God’s son [= Christ] drank from both your breasts, blessed Virgin, whom you, glory-eager, brought into the excellent temple in the days stipulated by the ancient tongue. Mighty lady and mother of the Lord [= Mary], you hand over the glorious guardian of the heavens [= God (= Christ)]; Simeon and the holy Anna declared this son of yours the true God.

notes and context

For this episode of the Purification of the Virgin and the presentation of Christ in the temple witnessed by the ancient priest Simeon and the prophetess Anna, see Luke II.22-38.

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editions and texts

Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV], [B. 2]. Máríugrátr 6: AII, 473, BII, 506-7, Skald II, 277, NN §2682; Kahle 1898, 56-7, 104, Sperber 1911, 31, 74, Wrightson 2001, 3.

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