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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 26 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, 904

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20 — Anon Mey 20VII

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Cite as: Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Heilagra meyja drápa 20’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 904.

Heiðinginn bað höggva síðan
háleitt víf, er stóð í báli;
fell á knie, sú er fyldi allan,
frú Cécílía, drottins vilja.
Benjar þrjár á hálsi hreinum
heilög mær er sagt að bæri;
eigi liet þó mildust meyja
mætust líf, þvíað drottinn gætir.

Síðan bað heiðinginn höggva háleitt víf, er stóð í báli; frú Cécílía, sú er fyldi allan vilja drottins, fell á knie. Er sagt, að heilög mær bæri þrjár benjar á hreinum hálsi; þó liet mildust, mætust meyja eigi líf, þvíað drottinn gætir.

Later the heathen man bade that the sublime woman, who stood in the conflagration, be beheaded; lady Cecilia, who fulfilled all the will of the Lord, fell to her knees. It is said that the holy maiden received three wounds on her pure neck; nonetheless, the gentlest, most precious, maiden did not lose her life, because the Lord watches over her.

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

Readings: [5] hreinum: so 713, hreinar 721

Editions: Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV], [B. 12]. Af heilogum meyjum 20: AII, 530, BII, 587, Skald II, 324, NN §2971C.


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