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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
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Heyrðu ‘listen’

2. heyra (verb): hear

[1] Heyrðu: Heyr 713, Heyr with ‘Heyrðu’ in margin 444ˣ

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ómælds ‘of the unmeasured’

ómældr (adj./verb p.p.): [unmeasured]

[1] ómælds: ómældur all

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veldis ‘realm’

veldi (noun n.): realm

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ei ‘never’

3. ei (adv.): not

[2] ei: so 713, 444ˣ, eigi 721, ekki 2166ˣ

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‘will’

mega (verb): may, might

[2] má: so 713, 444ˣ, om. 721, 2166ˣ

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þverra ‘diminish’

1. þverra (verb): diminish

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miskun ‘mercy’

miskunn (noun f.; °-ar; gen. -a): forgiveness, mercy, grace

[3] miskun: so 713, 444ˣ, 2166ˣ, om. 721

notes

[3] miskun ‘mercy’: On the form of the noun without -nn, see ANG §285.4.

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færða ‘turned’

2. fœra (verb): bring

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jafnan ‘always’

jafnan (adv.): always

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Máríu ‘Mary’

María (noun f.): Mary

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yfir ‘chief’

yfir (prep.): over < yfirpostuli (noun m.): chief Apostle

notes

[7] yfirpostulann ‘the chief Apostle’: The same term is used of Andrew in Anon Andr 2/1. The conjunction of invocations to Mary and Andrew also occurs in Anon Vitn 2 and Anon Mv I-III (all in st. 2), and has prompted scholarly speculation on whether all these poems in honour of either the Virgin or holy women, might not have been composed for a single religious house, where the Virgin and S. Andrew were dedicatees. See further Introduction to Vitn.

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postulann ‘Apostle’

postuli (noun m.; °-a; -ar): apostle < yfirpostuli (noun m.): chief Apostle

notes

[7] yfirpostulann ‘the chief Apostle’: The same term is used of Andrew in Anon Andr 2/1. The conjunction of invocations to Mary and Andrew also occurs in Anon Vitn 2 and Anon Mv I-III (all in st. 2), and has prompted scholarly speculation on whether all these poems in honour of either the Virgin or holy women, might not have been composed for a single religious house, where the Virgin and S. Andrew were dedicatees. See further Introduction to Vitn.

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æzta ‘most outstanding’

œðri (adj. comp.): nobler, higher

[7] æzta: æztu 713, 444ˣ, 2166ˣ

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hefir ‘has’

hafa (verb): have

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[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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