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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anonymous Poems (Anon)

VII. Heilagra meyja drápa (Mey) - 60

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Heilagra meyja drápa (‘Drápa about Holy Maidens’) — Anon MeyVII

Kirsten Wolf 2007, ‘ Anonymous, Heilagra meyja drápa’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 891-930. <> (accessed 27 January 2022)

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Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV]: [B. 12]. Af heilogum meyjum, Heilagra meyja drápa. (AII, 526-39, BII, 582-97)

SkP info: VII, 898-9

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11 — Anon Mey 11VII

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Cite as: Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Heilagra meyja drápa 11’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 898-9.

Kvinna var með heiti hennar
henni kær og drottni skærum;
mildliga skal Máría kallaz;
Magðaléna jafnan sagðiz.
Fyst var þessi full af löstum;
fann hun Krist í vænu ranni;
gjörði hann hana með einu orði
alprúðastan gimstein brúða.


There was a woman with her name, dear to her and to the bright Lord; graciously she shall be called Mary; she always named herself Magdalene. First she was full of vices; she found Christ in a beautiful house; with one word he made her the finest gem among women.

notes: The cult of Mary Magdalene ‘appears to have been a late arrival in Iceland’ (Cormack 1994, 130-1). Evidence is confined to C13th and particularly C14-15th. For her saga, see Unger 1877, I, 513-53; Widding, Bekker-Nielsen and Shook 1963, 320-1; Wolf 2003, xxxiii-iv, 50-92, 159-70. — [5-8]: See Unger 1877, I, 514-17; Wolf 2003, 50-4. According to both the gospels and her saga, Mary Magdalene was possessed by seven devils which Christ exorcised. The beautiful house in which she met Christ is probably that of Simon the Pharisee (Unger 1877, I, 514-16).

editions: Skj [Anonyme digte og vers XIV]: [B. 12]. Af heilogum meyjum 11 (AII, 529; BII, 585); Skald II, 323.


AM 721 4° (721) 11r - 11r  transcr.  image  image  
AM 713 4° (713) 23, 33 - 23, 35 ()  image  image  
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