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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mey 17VII

Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Heilagra meyja drápa 17’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 902-3.

Anonymous PoemsHeilagra meyja drápa

Hátt og form, hinn hreini drottinn,
hefjaz láttu nú til stefja
þinnar mæðr og hirðar hennar
hreinlífastra mektarvífa.
Ynnilig berr allra kvinna
æru og prís af drottni skærum
Máría sjálf, er meyjum stýrir
móðurliga og öllu góðu.

Hinn hreini drottinn, láttu nú hátt og form hefjaz til stefja þinnar mæðr og hennar hirðar hreinlífastra mektarvífa. Ynnilig Máría, er móðurliga stýrir meyjum og öllu góðu, berr sjálf æru og prís allra kvinna af skærum drottni.

Pure Lord, let now the metre and form rise to refrains [in honour] of your mother and of her troop of most chaste women of might. The beloved Mary, who, motherly, rules over maidens and everything good, herself has honour and praise over all women from the bright Lord.

Mss: 721(11v), 713(24)

Readings: [1] form: so 713, forn 721    [3] og: so 713, om. 721;    hennar: so 713, om. 721    [5] Ynnilig: ‘Ynneliga’ 713    [6] af: með 713

Editions: Skj AII, 530, Skj BII, 586, Skald II, 324, NN §2973.

Notes: [1] form ‘form’: viz. of a poem; a term otherwise used in this sense only in Árni Gd 43/1IV (also in the context of a stef). — [5-8]: These ll. are the first instance of the poem’s first stef ‘refrain’ (there are two of them) and are signalled by a cross in the left margins of 721 and 713. Stef 1 is repeated in sts 21 and 25.


  1. Bibliography
  2. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  3. NN = Kock, Ernst Albin. 1923-44. Notationes Norrœnæ: Anteckningar till Edda och skaldediktning. Lunds Universitets årsskrift new ser. 1. 28 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  4. Internal references
  5. Not published: do not cite (Árni Gd 43IV)

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