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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mey 21VII

Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Heilagra meyja drápa 21’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 905.

Anonymous PoemsHeilagra meyja drápa

text and translation

Eftir lífið ótal krafta
einart vinnur sprundið hreina;
sigri hrósar sólu fegri
Cécílía með drottni blessuð.
Ynnilig berr allra kvinna
æru og prís af drottni skærum
Máría sjálf, er meyjum stýrir
móðurliga og öllu góðu.

Eftir lífið vinnur sprundið hreina einart ótal krafta; Cécílía, fegri sólu, blessuð með drottni, hrósar sigri. Ynnilig Máría, er móðurliga stýrir meyjum og öllu góðu, berr sjálf æru og prís allra kvinna af skærum drottni.
‘After death [lit. after life] the pure woman incessantly works innumerable miracles; Cecilia, more beautiful than the sun, blessed with the Lord, triumphs. The beloved Mary, who, motherly, rules over maidens and everything good, herself has honour and praise above all women from the bright Lord.

notes and context

[5-8]: The second iteration of stef 1, first encountered in st. 17. As usual, the scribes of 721 and 713 do not write the helmingr out in full, but mark the occurrence with another cross in the left-hand margin.



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 21: AII, 531, BII, 587, Skald II, 324.


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