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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mey 12VII

Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Heilagra meyja drápa 12’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 899-900.

Anonymous PoemsHeilagra meyja drápa

text and translation

Jésús Kristus upp nam rísa
einn og þrennr og birtiz henni;
postulum sagði hun prýðimestum
prúða sýn, er fegnir trúðu.
Eyðimerkur sótti síðan
sára nauð um þrjátigi ára;
hvern dag sá hun með hjálparaugum
himna dýrð, er guð várr skýrði.

Jésús Kristus nam upp rísa einn og þrennr og birtiz henni; hun sagði prúða sýn prýðimestum postulum, er fegnir trúðu. Sótti síðan eyðimerkur, sára nauð, um þrjátigi ára; hvern dag sá hun með hjálparaugum dýrð himna, er várr guð skýrði.
‘Jesus Christ rose up single and threefold and revealed himself to her; she related the beautiful sight to the most magnificent Apostles, who, glad, believed [it]. Then she sought out the deserts for painful trial for thirty years; every day she saw with eyes of help the glory of the heavens, which our God displayed.

notes and context

[1-2]: The gospels of John (XX.11-18) and Mark (XVI.9) represent Mary Magdalene as the first person to whom the risen Christ made an appearance, and relate that she then informed the disciples of this news. According to Mark XVI.11, she was not believed. — [5-8]: In the Western Christian tradition Mary Magdalene became a type of the contemplative and the penitent.



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 12: AII, 529, BII, 585, Skald II, 323.


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