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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mey 19VII

Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Heilagra meyja drápa 19’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 904.

Anonymous PoemsHeilagra meyja drápa

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Almákíus jungfrú sæla,
elsku næmdr, í píslir dæmdi;
mild var sett á milli elda
meyja Krists, er skyldi deyja.
Dægur sex var drósin fagra
dáliga byrgð í heitu báli;
sjálf miskunnin hlífði henni;
hennar náðu ei klæði að brenna.

Almákíus, næmdr elsku, dæmdi sæla jungfrú í píslir; {mild meyja Krists} var sett á milli elda, er skyldi deyja. Sex dægur var fagra drósin dáliga byrgð í heitu báli; miskunnin sjálf hlífði henni; hennar klæði náðu ei að brenna.
‘Almacius, deprived of love, condemned the blessed maiden to tortures; the gentle maiden of Christ [HOLY WOMAN] was placed between fires, when she was to die. For three days the fair woman was wretchedly enclosed in a burning conflagration; mercy itself protected her; her clothes were not able to burn.

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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 19: AII, 530, BII, 587, Skald II, 324.


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