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Anon Mgr 37VII

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Drápa af Máríugrát 37’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 784-5.

Anonymous PoemsDrápa af Máríugrát

Veiti hilmir vænnar stiettar
viðrkvæmilig orð í slæminn
—þetta kvæði þinnar móður
þekk kjósi smíð— bjartrar sólar.
‘Enn hlýð mier,’ kvað Jésús móðir,
‘Ögustínus, er tárin fögru,’
gæzkumild, ‘að greina skyldig,
gaft út, fyrir þier leynda krafta.

{Hilmir {vænnar stiettar bjartrar sólar}} veiti viðrkvæmilig orð í slæminn; þekk smíð kjósi þetta kvæði móður þinnar. ‘Enn hlýð mier,’ kvað {gæzkumild móðir Jésús}, ‘Ögustínus, er gaft út tárin fögru, að skyldig greina leynda krafta fyrir þier.

May {the prince {of the splendid path of the bright sun}} [SKY/HEAVEN > = God (= Christ)] grant suitable words in the final part; may a pleasing structure select this poem of your mother’s. ‘Again, listen to me,’ said {the beneficent [lit. good-will generous] mother of Jesus} [= Mary], ‘Augustine, who gave forth fair tears so that I should divulge secret marvels before you.

Mss: 713(127)

Editions: Skj AII, 479, Skj BII, 515, Skald II, 282, NN §§3354B, 3355; Kahle 1898, 63, Sperber 1911, 38-9, 76, Wrightson 2001, 19.

Notes: [2] í slæminn ‘in the final part’: Slæmr is the last part in a tripartite poem (see Introduction and List of Technical Terms). — [4]: The l. lacks internal rhyme. A possible emendation would be to replace bjartrar sólar ‘of the bright sun’ with bjartra ljósa ‘of bright lights’. — [6] Ögustínus ‘Augustine’: (‘Augustínus’ 713.) For this form, see Note to 4/2. — [7] gæzkumild (f. nom. sg. adj.) ‘beneficent’: The present edn follows Skald (see NN §3355). Skj B and Wrightson take the adj. as n. acc. pl. and construe it with tárin fögru ‘fair tears’ (l. 6).


  1. Bibliography
  2. Skj B = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1912-15b. Den norsk-islandske skjaldedigtning. B: Rettet tekst. 2 vols. Copenhagen: Villadsen & Christensen. Rpt. 1973. Copenhagen: Rosenkilde & Bagger.
  3. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  4. NN = Kock, Ernst Albin. 1923-44. Notationes Norrœnæ: Anteckningar till Edda och skaldediktning. Lunds Universitets årsskrift new ser. 1. 28 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  5. Sperber, Hans, ed. 1911. Sechs isländische Gedichte legendarischen Inhalts. Uppsala Universitets årsskrift, filosofi, språkvetenskap och historiska vetenskaper 2. Uppsala: Akademische Buchdruckerei Edv. Berling.
  6. 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.
  7. Kahle, Bernhard, ed. 1898. Isländische geistliche Dichtungen des ausgehenden Mittelalters. Heidelberg: Winter.

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