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Anon Mdr 2VII

Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Máríudrápa 2’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 480.

Anonymous PoemsMáríudrápa
123

text and translation

Sendi son frá böndum
sinn með lausn að vinna
dauðans þeingill þjóðir,
þeyranns í kvið meyjar.
Þeim bjó sú við sóma
snotr mær friðar stæri
víst heimili og hæstum
höfuðstað frömum jöfri.

{Þeingill {þeyranns}} sendi son sinn í kvið meyjar að vinna þjóðir með lausn frá böndum dauðans. Sú snotr mær bjó við sóma {þeim stæri friðar} víst heimili og hæstum frömum jöfri höfuðstað.
 
‘The king of the thawing wind-house [SKY/HEAVEN > = God] sent his son into the womb of a maiden to win people by means of redemption from the bonds of death. That wise maiden honourably provided the augmenter of peace [= God (= Christ)] with a sure home and the highest, foremost prince with a chief place.

notes and context

Having begun by establishing the Virgin Mary as the high-seat of the Trinity (1/2-4), the poet now turns to celebrate the Incarnation of Christ.

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editions and texts

Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV], [B. 1]. En drape om jomfru Maria (Máríudrápa) 2: AII, 464, BII, 497, Skald II, 271; Konráð Gíslason 1860, 555, Rydberg 1907, 32, 53, Attwood 1996a, 102, 303.

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