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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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7. Anonymous Poems, Máríudrápa, 30 [Vol. 7, 502-3]

[4] merkt jafnan því nafni ‘always designated by that name’: Finnur Jónsson (Skj B) suggests the l. refers to the name ‘Máría’, but Kock (NN §2855) considers the referent is the phrase ‘star of the sea’. Rydberg’s suggestion that hjarna be supplied to fill the lacuna in l. 2 (see previous Note) implies the creation of a fourth Mary-epithet, mildi stýrir hjartna ‘merciful regulator of hearts’, and that this is the nafn in question. It is clear, however, from the Lat. text that it is actually to mær (l. 3) that this l. refers: Ave maris stella, / Dei mater alma / atque semper virgo / felix caeli porta ‘Hail star of the sea, cherishing mother of God, and a maiden always, felicitous gate of heaven’.

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