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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mey 28VII

Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Heilagra meyja drápa 28’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 909.

Anonymous PoemsHeilagra meyja drápa

text and translation

Bál var kynt um brúði sæla;
börðu þeir með grjóti hörðu
lýðir jarls í logandi glóðum
listugt víf, er játti Kristi.
Sæt Ágáða sárar þrautir
sigrað fekk, er hræddiz ekki;
henni skal með helgum mönnum
haldaz vegr, en minkaz aldri.

Bál var kynt um sæla brúði; þeir, jarls lýðir, börðu listugt víf, er játti Kristi, með hörðu grjóti í logandi glóðum. Sæt Ágáða, er hræddiz ekki, fekk sigrað sárar þrautir; með helgum mönnum skal henni vegr haldaz, en minkaz aldri.
‘A fire was kindled around the blessed bride; they, the earl’s men, pelted the wonderful woman, who professed Christ, with hard stones [as she stood] in the blazing flames. Sweet Agatha, who was not afraid, won victory over the painful tortures; among the saints [lit. holy people] her honour will remain, and never decrease.

notes and context

Because the leaves of 721 on which Mey has been written are now out of order, the first part of st. 29 is at the end of fol. 11v (up to l. 5 Sæt), while the rest of the st. begins fol. 9r. — [1]: Exactly the same l. is at st. 39/1.



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 28: AII, 532, BII, 589, Skald II, 326, NN §1843.


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