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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, 920

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47 — Anon Mey 47VII

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Cite as: Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Heilagra meyja drápa 47’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 920.

Setning guðs liet sagirnar brotna;
sökt var henni í djúpið nöktri;
völdug giekk af vazins öldu
vætulaust með þurrum fæti.
Liet hann óðum ljónum beita
listugt fljóð, er klæða misti;
dýrið bítur dygðar kæru;
dróttins skínn meðal píslarvótta.

Setning guðs liet sagirnar brotna; henni var nöktri sökt í djúpið; völdug giekk vætulaust með þurrum fæti af öldu vazins. Hann liet listugt fljóð, er misti klæða, beita óðum ljónum; dýrið bítur kæru dygðar; skínn meðal píslarvótta dróttins.

The plan of God caused the saws to break; she was sunk naked into the deep [sea]; the powerful one walked without being wet [and] with dry feet from the wave of the water. He had the skilful woman, who was stripped of her clothes, set upon by raging lions; the beast bites the woman of virtue; she shines among the martyrs of the Lord.

Mss: 721(9v), 713(27)

Readings: [1] liet: so 713, að 721    [3] giekk: ‘g[...]’ 713    [4] ‑laust: laus 713    [5] óðum: síðan 713;    ljónum: ‘ljón[...]’ 713

Editions: Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV], [B. 12]. Af heilogum meyjum 47: AII, 536, BII, 593-4, Skald II, 329.


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