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Anonymous Poems (Anon)

VII. Heilagra meyja drápa (Mey) - 60

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 25 May 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, 913

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35 — Anon Mey 35VII

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Cite as: Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Heilagra meyja drápa 35’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 913.

Greifinn setti guðs mey ljúfa
grið bannandi í myrkvaranni;
drákons kom þar djöfull í líki,
deyddi hun hann en fleingdi annan.
Meina fjöld og þrautir mildust
mærin tók á líkam skæran;
Malkus einn af mönnum fylkis
mey óverða hjó með sverði.

Greifinn setti {ljúfa mey guðs} í myrkvaranni bannandi grið; djöfull kom þar í líki drákons; hun deyddi hann en fleingdi annan. Mildust mærin tók fjöld meina og þrautir á skæran líkam; Malkus, einn af fylkis mönnum, hjó óverða mey með sverði.

The count placed {the beloved maiden of God} [HOLY WOMAN] in a dungeon, prohibiting a truce; the devil came there in the shape of a dragon; she killed him and whipped another. The mildest maiden suffered a multitude of torments and tortures on her shining body; Malchus, one of the king’s men, slew the undeserving maiden with a sword.

Mss: 721(9r), 713(26)

Readings: [2] myrkvaranni: myrku ranni 713    [3] djöfull: djöfuls 721, ‘d[...]ull’ 713    [5] og þrautir mildust: og þrautir 721, og margar pínur 713    [6] skæran: skærum 713    [8] mey óverða: meyju verða 713

Editions: Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV], [B. 12]. Af heilogum meyjum 35: AII, 533, BII, 590-1, Skald II, 327.

Notes: [5] mildust ‘mildest’: Emendation proposed by Finnur Jónsson in Skj B. Something has clearly been omitted from the exemplars of both 721 and 713 at this point.

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