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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mey 13VII

Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Heilagra meyja drápa 13’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 900.

Anonymous PoemsHeilagra meyja drápa

text and translation

Hennar önd í sælu sanna
sannur leiddi hjálpari manna;
páskadag með sætum sigri
sæta guðs fekk virðing mæta.
Magðaléna meiri frægðir
Máría þiggr af drottni várum
nær og firr en neinn megi skýra;
nafn hennar sie blessað jafnan.

{Sannur hjálpari manna} leiddi hennar önd í sanna sælu; páskadag fekk {sæta guðs} mæta virðing með sætum sigri. Máría Magðaléna þiggr meiri frægðir af várum drottni nær og firr en neinn megi skýra; hennar nafn sie jafnan blessað.
‘The true helper of men [= God (= Christ)] led her soul to true bliss; on Easter Day the woman of God [HOLY WOMAN = Mary Magdalene] got precious honour with a sweet victory. Mary Magdalene receives more fame from our Lord near and far than anyone could explain; may her name always be blessed.

notes and context

[1-4]: The poet again uses rhetorical colours to embellish the high points of his verse, with the artful repetition of sannr ‘true’ (ll. 1 and 2) and the use of sætum (l. 3) and sæta (l. 4), homonyms but from different roots. Cf. similar word-play in sts 5, 7/1-2, 14/1-4, 16/3-4, 22/5-6, 36 and 44/5-6.



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


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