Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Drápa af Máríugrát 8’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 765.
 Ögustínus ‘Augustine’: For the form of this word, see Note to 4/2.
 vildi (3rd pers. sg. pret. subj.) ‘wanted’: Pl. subject with the verb in the sg. (see NS §70).
 trúir: trúi 713
 trúir ‘believes’: The 3rd pers. sg. pres. indic. is required here, according to the present interpretation, not the 1st pers. sg. pres. indic. trúi.
 presta*: prestar 713
 presta* (m. gen. pl.) ‘of priests’: In the present edn, this is the determinant in the kenning tíginn valdr presta ‘esteemed ruler of priests’ (so Skj B; Skald). For a similar kenning for ‘Augustine’, see 5/1-2. Wrightson retains the ms. reading prestar (m. nom. pl.) ‘priests’ which is treated as a form of address. According to that interpretation, tíginn valdr ‘esteemed ruler’ refers to Augustine, translated as ‘I, a noble ruler’ as the subject of trúi ‘believe’. It is unlikely that Augustine would refer to himself as an ‘esteemed ruler’, and, furthermore, he is said to have addressed a host of people (sveit lýða, l. 3), not priests. Wrightson alternatively interprets the phrase as a form of address.
 við ‘from’: Wrightson takes this prep. with eingason ‘only son’. That construction is unmetrical: við ‘from’ is unstressed, and an enclitic prep. must receive stress (see the prep. á ‘on’ in 7/5).
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Branda hlynr má eingi undra,
No maple of swords [WARRIOR] can marvel that the Virgin and mother wanted to accompany the merciful redeemer; Augustine told such to a host of people. I trust in that, and the esteemed ruler of priests [BISHOP = Augustine] believes it, that the splendid woman never parted from the lord of the heavens [= God (= Christ)] when the Jews tortured her only son.
[5-8]: Earlier eds take the second helmingr as direct speech, uttered by S. Augustine. Such an interpretation is unnecessary if we assume that the poet merely refers to the content of Augustine’s message.
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