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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mey 20VII

Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Heilagra meyja drápa 20’ 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

Heiðinginn bað höggva síðan
háleitt víf, er stóð í báli;
fell á knie, sú er fyldi allan,
frú Cécílía, drottins vilja.
Benjar þrjár á hálsi hreinum
heilög mær er sagt að bæri;
eigi liet þó mildust meyja
mætust líf, þvíað drottinn gætir.

Síðan bað heiðinginn höggva háleitt víf, er stóð í báli; frú Cécílía, sú er fyldi allan vilja drottins, fell á knie. Er sagt, að heilög mær bæri þrjár benjar á hreinum hálsi; þó liet mildust, mætust meyja eigi líf, þvíað drottinn gætir.

Later the heathen man bade that the sublime woman, who stood in the conflagration, be beheaded; lady Cecilia, who fulfilled all the will of the Lord, fell to her knees. It is said that the holy maiden received three wounds on her pure neck; nonetheless, the gentlest, most precious, maiden did not lose her life, because the Lord watches over her.

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

Readings: [5] hreinum: so 713, hreinar 721

Editions: Skj AII, 530, Skj BII, 587, Skald II, 324, NN §2971C.



  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.

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