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Anon Mgr 11VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Drápa af Máríugrát 11’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 768.

Anonymous PoemsDrápa af Máríugrát

‘Grætiligt er að inna ýtum
angr og harm, er eg fekk inn langa
frjádag þann, er fylki sunnu
fleinhristendr á krossinn nistu.
Síðan, er mig heim á himna
heilagr leiddi skepnu deilir
einglar fyrir mier sætt lof sungu
síð og árla, en lokið er stríði.

‘Grætiligt er að inna ýtum angr og harm, er eg fekk þann inn langa frjádag, er {fleinhristendr} nistu {fylki sunnu} á krossinn. Síðan, er {heilagr deilir skepnu} leiddi mig heim á himna, sungu einglar sætt lof fyrir mier síð og árla, en lokið er stríði.

‘It is painful to tell people about the sorrow and suffering which I felt that Good Friday [lit. long Friday], when {spear-shakers} [WARRIORS] nailed {the ruler of the sun} [= God (= Christ)] onto the Cross. Later, when {the holy ordainer of creation} [= God (= Christ)] led me home into the heavens, the angels sang sweet praise before me late and early, and the suffering has ceased.

Mss: 713(124)

Editions: Skj AII, 474, Skj BII, 508, Skald II, 278; Kahle 1898, 58, Sperber 1911, 32, Wrightson 2001, 6.

Notes: [5-8]: The Virgin refers to her Assumption into heaven (cf. st. 46). For a prose parallel, see Mar (1871, xvi) and Notes to st. 10.


  1. Bibliography
  2. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  3. Sperber, Hans, ed. 1911. Sechs isländische Gedichte legendarischen Inhalts. Uppsala Universitets årsskrift, filosofi, språkvetenskap och historiska vetenskaper 2. Uppsala: Akademische Buchdruckerei Edv. Berling.
  4. 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.
  5. Kahle, Bernhard, ed. 1898. Isländische geistliche Dichtungen des ausgehenden Mittelalters. Heidelberg: Winter.

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