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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 18 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, 893

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2 — Anon Mey 2VII

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Cite as: Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Heilagra meyja drápa 2’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 893.

Lýsa vilda eg lofandi glós*um
líf ágætra dýrðarvífa,
drottinn várr með hverjum hætti
huldi þær í krafti skærum.
Mildliga skín yfir meyjum öllum
meyligt blóm hins hæsta sóma;
Máría sjálf er drotning dýrust;
dýran fæddi hun himna stýri.

Eg vilda lýsa lofandi glós*um líf ágætra dýrðarvífa, með hverjum hætti drottinn várr huldi þær í skærum krafti. Meyligt blóm hins hæsta sóma skín mildliga yfir öllum meyjum; Máría sjálf er dýrust drotning; hun fæddi {dýran stýri himna}.

I wanted to describe in laudatory words the lives of excellent women of glory [and] in what manner our Lord enveloped them with a shining power. The maidenly flower of the highest honour shines gracefully over all maidens; Mary herself is the most glorious queen; she gave birth to {the glorious ruler of the heavens} [= God (= Christ)].

Mss: 721(8v), 713(23), 444ˣ

Readings: [1] Lýsa: ‘Lys(a)ur’(?) 713;    glós*um: ‘glósr um’ 721, ‘glósun um’ with ‘glósr’ in margin 444ˣ    [3] drottinn: ‘[...]ro[...]in’ 713    [6] hins: so 713, 444ˣ, om. 721

Editions: Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV], [B. 12]. Af heilogum meyjum 2: AII, 527, BII, 582-3, Skald II, 321, NN §3389A.


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