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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 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, 917

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41 — Anon Mey 41VII

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Cite as: Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Heilagra meyja drápa 41’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 917.

Blý og járn skal blessuð meyja
bera óverðug sier á herðum;
ýtar leiddu oft um stræti
unga frú með byrði þunga.
Utan borgar var ærlig sæta
yfirgræðara flett af klæðum;
drottni kært í djúpu vatni
drekkiz fljóð af heiðnum þjóðum.

Blessuð meyja skal óverðug bera á herðum sier blý og járn; ýtar leiddu oft unga frú um stræti með þunga byrði. Utan borgar var {ærlig sæta yfirgræðara} flett af klæðum; fljóð kært drottni drekkiz í djúpu vatni af heiðnum þjóðum.

The blessed maiden must undeserving carry on her shoulders lead and iron; men often led the young lady around the streets with the heavy burden. Outside the city {the honourable woman of the supreme healer} [HOLY WOMAN] was stripped of her clothes; the woman dear to the Lord is drowned in deep water by heathen people.

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

Readings: [4] frú: mey 713    [8] drekkiz: drekktiz 713

Editions: Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV], [B. 12]. Af heilogum meyjum 41: AII, 534-5, BII, 592, Skald II, 328.


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