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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mey 24VII

Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Heilagra meyja drápa 24’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 907.

Anonymous PoemsHeilagra meyja drápa

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Burðugt víf fekk bana með sverði;
blæða tók þá mjólk úr æðum;
hennar luktu holdið sanna
hreinir englar marmarasteini.
Kátrínam fyr miskunn mæta
mætur leiddi í hæsta sæti
guðs unnasti himins og hennar;
hennar nafn er sælt meðal kvenna.

Burðugt víf fekk bana með sverði; mjólk tók þá blæða úr æðum; hreinir englar luktu hennar holdið sanna marmarasteini. Mætur unnasti guðs og hennar leiddi Kátrínam í hæsta sæti himins fyr mæta miskunn; hennar nafn er sælt meðal kvenna.
‘The high-born woman received death by the sword; milk then bled from [her] veins; pure angels covered her true body with a marble stone. The precious beloved of God and of her led Catherine to the highest seat of heaven on account of precious mercy; her name is blessed among women.

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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 24: AII, 531, BII, 588, Skald II, 325, NN §1841.


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