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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mgr 25VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Drápa af Máríugrát 25’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 777.

Anonymous PoemsDrápa af Máríugrát

Heyrið það, er heilug Máría
hjálpargladdan Jésúm kvaddi:
‘Skjöldungr, lát mig skilja aldri,
skýja hauðrs, við þig lífs nie dauðan.
Er það vón, að unni eg meira
eingietnum syni Kristi hreinum
en þau sprund, er ala með syndum
eldi sín með harm og pínu.’

Heyrið það, er heilug Máría kvaddi hjálpargladdan Jésúm: ‘{Skjöldungr {hauðrs skýja}}, lát mig aldri skilja við þig lífs nie dauðan. Það er vón, að eg unni eingietnum syni, hreinum Kristi, meira en þau sprund, er ala eldi sín með syndum með harm og pínu.’

Hear that with which holy Mary greeted salvation-cheered Jesus: ‘{Lord {of the land of clouds}} [SKY/HEAVEN > = God (= Christ)], let me never part from you alive or dead. It is to be expected, that I should love my only-begotten son, the pure Christ, more than those women who bear their children in sins with sorrow and torment.’

Mss: 713(126)

Editions: Skj AII, 477, Skj BII, 512, Skald II, 280, NN §§2680B, 2689; Kahle 1898, 60-1, Sperber 1911, 36, 75, Wrightson 2001, 13.

Notes: [All]: The content of this st. is mirrored in a lengthy speech by Mary in Mar (1871, 1007). — [4]: Skald inserts the excrescent -u- in hauðrs ‘of the land’ (hauðurs) and deletes lífs nie ‘alive or’. Those emendations are unnecessary, because the l. is metrical as it stands in the ms.


  1. Bibliography
  2. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  3. NN = Kock, Ernst Albin. 1923-44. Notationes Norrœnæ: Anteckningar till Edda och skaldediktning. Lunds Universitets årsskrift new ser. 1. 28 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  4. Sperber, Hans, ed. 1911. Sechs isländische Gedichte legendarischen Inhalts. Uppsala Universitets årsskrift, filosofi, språkvetenskap och historiska vetenskaper 2. Uppsala: Akademische Buchdruckerei Edv. Berling.
  5. Wrightson, Kellinde, ed. 2001. Fourteenth-Century Icelandic Verse on the Virgin Mary: Drápa af Maríugrát, Vitnisvísur af Maríu, Maríuvísur I-III. Viking Society for Northern Research Text Series 14. University College London: Viking Society for Northern Research.
  6. Kahle, Bernhard, ed. 1898. Isländische geistliche Dichtungen des ausgehenden Mittelalters. Heidelberg: Winter.

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