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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

7. Anonymous Poems, Máríudrápa, 31 [Vol. 7, 503-4]

[1-4]: This helmingr translates and expands the first two ll. of the second verse of Ave maris stella: Sumens illud ave / Gabrielis ore ‘taking up that Ave (‘Hail’) from Gabriel’s mouth’, a reference to Gabriel’s salutation of Mary at the Annunciation, related in Luke I.28. As Schottmann remarks (1973, 67 n. 5), both Kock (NN §3353) and the Skj translation completely misunderstand that nam upp must refer to all three noun objects of the cl. Elsewhere Kock (NN §2856) suggests that háva dýrð og áve ‘high glory and the Ave’ should be taken as vocative, in apposition to ást vár og kær Kristi ‘our beloved and dear to Christ’ (l. 3), but this is clearly wrong in light of the Lat. text.


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