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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mey 23VII

Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Heilagra meyja drápa 23’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 906.

Anonymous PoemsHeilagra meyja drápa

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Kátrínu fyr kraft og vitru
keisarinn bauð að vinna dauða;
seggir þá með sverði hjuggu
sæla frú, sem kóngrinn mælir.
Yndis bað hun til allra handa,
elsku fyld, að veitaz skyldi
mönnum þeim, er mintiz hennar,
mey skínandi, í nauðum sínum.

Keisarinn bauð að vinna dauða Kátrínu fyr kraft og vitru; seggir hjuggu þá sæla frú með sverði, sem kóngrinn mælir. Fyld elsku bað hun, skínandi mey, yndis til allra handa, að veitaz skyldi þeim mönnum, er mintiz hennar, í sínum nauðum.
‘The emperor ordered that Catherine be killed because of her power and wisdom; men then slew the blessed lady with a sword, as the king commands. Filled with love she, the shining maiden, prayed for happiness on all sides, that it should be granted to those people, who remembered her, in their trials.

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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 23: AII, 531, BII, 588, Skald II, 325, NN §2975.


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