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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mey 27VII

Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Heilagra meyja drápa 27’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 908-9.

Anonymous PoemsHeilagra meyja drápa

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Ekki gietr hann jungfrú lokkað
ótta þraungda úr faðmi dróttins;
ristil liet við reingdar ástir
reiður jarl fyr dómstól leiða.
Bæði liet hann brjóst af fljóði
— bundin stóð hun píslum undir —
spreingja út með spennitaungum;
sprakkinn gjörði drottni þakkir.

Hann gietr ekki lokkað ótta þraungda jungfrú úr faðmi dróttins; jarl, reiður við reingdar ástir, liet leiða ristil fyr dómstól. Hann liet bæði brjóst spreingja út af fljóði með spennitaungum; hun stóð bundin undir píslum; sprakkinn gjörði þakkir drottni.
‘He cannot entice the fear-oppressed maiden from the embrace of the Lord; the earl, angry because of rejected love, had the lady brought before the judgement seat. He had both breasts ruptured from the woman with forceps; she stood bound during the tortures; the woman gave thanks to the Lord.

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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 27: AII, 532, BII, 589, Skald II, 325.


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