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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mdr 28VII/1 — drápu ‘the drápa

Kaup veit dýrt fyr drápu,
drottning himins og gotna;
hróðr nemi höldar kvæðis;
hef eg slæm en lýk stefjum.
Þá … ór gröf grýttri
gaft, mær, bragar stæri
blindum, björt, að venda
braut og styrk ….

Drottning himins og gotna, veit dýrt kaup fyr drápu; höldar nemi hróðr kvæðis; eg hef slæm en lýk stefjum. Björt mær, þá gaft blindum stæri bragar … að venda braut ór grýttri gröf og styrk ….

Queen of heaven and of men [= Mary], grant a precious reward for the drápa; may men learn the praise of the poem; I begin the slœmr and finish the refrains. Bright maiden, then you gave the blind increaser of the poem [POET] … to turn away from a stony grave and strength ….



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