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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 6 December 2021)

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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, 900

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13 — Anon Mey 13VII

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Cite as: Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Heilagra meyja drápa 13’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 900.

Hennar önd í sælu sanna
sannur leiddi hjálpari manna;
páskadag með sætum sigri
sæta guðs fekk virðing mæta.
Magðaléna meiri frægðir
Máría þiggr af drottni várum
nær og firr en neinn megi skýra;
nafn hennar sie blessað jafnan.

{Sannur hjálpari manna} leiddi hennar önd í sanna sælu; páskadag fekk {sæta guðs} mæta virðing með sætum sigri. Máría Magðaléna þiggr meiri frægðir af várum drottni nær og firr en neinn megi skýra; hennar nafn sie jafnan blessað.

{The true helper of men} [= God (= Christ)] led her soul to true bliss; on Easter Day {the woman of God} [HOLY WOMAN = Mary Magdalene] got precious honour with a sweet victory. Mary Magdalene receives more fame from our Lord near and far than anyone could explain; may her name always be blessed.

Mss: 721(11r), 713(24)

Readings: [2] hjálpari: skapari 713    [3] sætum: added in left margin, sign of omission above 'með' 721    [5] Magðaléna: ‘magdalena’ 721, 713    [7] neinn: ‘nein’ added in right margin, sign of omission above 'n' of 'en' 713

Editions: Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV], [B. 12]. Af heilogum meyjum 13: AII, 529, BII, 585, Skald II, 323.

Notes: [1-4]: The poet again uses rhetorical colours to embellish the high points of his verse, with the artful repetition of sannr ‘true’ (ll. 1 and 2) and the use of sætum (l. 3) and sæta (l. 4), homonyms but from different roots. Cf. similar word-play in sts 5, 7/1-2, 14/1-4, 16/3-4, 22/5-6, 36 and 44/5-6.

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