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Anon Mgr 8VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Drápa af Máríugrát 8’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 765.

Anonymous PoemsDrápa af Máríugrát
789

text and translation

Branda hlynr má eingi undra,
— Ögustínus rieð slíkt að tína
lýða sveit — að mær og móðir
mildum lausnara fylgja vildi.
Treysti eg því, og trúir það presta*
tíginn valdr, að skildiz aldri
ágætt sprund, er Júðar píndu
eingason, við himna þeingil.

{Eingi hlynr branda} má undra, að mær og móðir vildi fylgja mildum lausnara; Ögustínus rieð að tína sveit lýða slíkt. Eg treysti því, og {tíginn valdr presta*} trúir það, að ágætt sprund skildiz aldri við {þeingil himna}, er Júðar píndu eingason.
 
‘No maple of swords [WARRIOR] can marvel that the Virgin and mother wanted to accompany the merciful redeemer; Augustine told such to a host of people. I trust in that, and the esteemed ruler of priests [BISHOP = Augustine] believes it, that the splendid woman never parted from the lord of the heavens [= God (= Christ)] when the Jews tortured her only son.

notes and context

[5-8]: Earlier eds take the second helmingr as direct speech, uttered by S. Augustine. Such an interpretation is unnecessary if we assume that the poet merely refers to the content of Augustine’s message.

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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 8: AII, 474, BII, 507, Skald II, 277; Kahle 1898, 57, 104, Sperber 1911, 32, 74, Wrightson 2001, 4.

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