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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mey 10VII

Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Heilagra meyja drápa 10’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 898.

Anonymous PoemsHeilagra meyja drápa

text and translation

Ván er þess, að systrung sínum
sannr elskugi guðs og manna
Máría veiti mekt og æru
mæt og fögr í himna sæti,
þvíað óflekkuð miskun meyja
má það alt í sínum ráðum
gleði huggandi giefa og þiggja
gott og ljúft, er biðr hun drottin.

Þess er ván, að Máría, sannr elskugi guðs og manna, mæt og fögr, í sæti himna, veiti systrung sínum mekt og æru, þvíað {óflekkuð miskun meyja}, gleði huggandi, má í sínum ráðum giefa og þiggja það alt gott og ljúft, er hun biðr drottin.
‘It is to be expected that Mary, the true love of God and people, precious and fair, in the seat of the heavens, should give her sister’s son might and honour, because the unstained mercy of maidens [= Mary], comforting with happiness, can with her counsels give and receive everything good and beloved, for which she asks the Lord.

notes and context

This st. expands on the theme, begun in st. 9/5-8, of the close relationship between the Virgin Mary and the Apostle John, whom Jesus loved and entrusted with her care at the Crucifixion. Cf. Kolb Jónv and Notes ad loc. Mary’s role as intercessor with Christ for humans is the subject of ll. 5-8.



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 10: AII, 528, BII, 584-5, Skald II, 323, NN §2972.


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