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Anon Mey 1VII

Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Heilagra meyja drápa 1’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 892.

Anonymous PoemsHeilagra meyja drápa
12

text and translation

Heyrðu ómælds himna veldis
herra guð, sem ei má þverra
ríki þitt, fyr miskun mjúka
mærðargrein í kvæði færða.
Til nefnandi ætta eg jafnan
Jésú næst og Máríu hæstri
yfirpostulann æzta lífi
Andréam, þann er guð hefir vandað.

Herra guð ómælds veldis himna, ríki þitt, sem ei má þverra, heyrðu fyr mjúka miskun mærðargrein færða í kvæði. Næst Jésú og hæstri Máríu ætta eg jafnan til nefnandi yfirpostulann, Andréam, æzta lífi, þann er guð hefir vandað.
 
‘Lord God of the unmeasured realm of the heavens, whose power [lit. your power which] will never diminish, listen for the sake of your gentle mercy to a portion of praise turned into a poem. After Jesus and the highest Mary I ought always to mention the chief Apostle, Andrew, most outstanding in life, whom God has chosen.

notes and context

[7-8]: Finnur Jónsson (Skj B) adds lífi to the rel. cl. (þann er guð hefir lífi vandað ‘whose life God has honoured’); here Kock’s argument (NN §1838) that the expression æztu lífi is analogous with expressions such as fríðr sýnum ‘handsome in appearance’ is followed.

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Text is based on reconstruction from the base text and variant apparatus and may contain alternative spellings and other normalisations not visible in the manuscript text. Transcriptions may not have been checked and should not be cited.

editions and texts

Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV], [B. 12]. Af heilogum meyjum 1: AII, 526-7, BII, 582, Skald II, 321, NN §1838; Jón Þorkelsson 1888, 87.

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