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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mey 33VII

Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Heilagra meyja drápa 33’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 912.

Anonymous PoemsHeilagra meyja drápa

text and translation

Látið þier eigi, ljúfar sætur,
lífið várt, er einskis svífumz,
glæpafult í dauðadjúpi
drekkja sier, þótt jafnan flekkiz.
Yfirkóróna allra vífa
ein Máría drotning hreinust
henni þjóna helgar kvinnur
hallar guðs og meyjar allar.

Látið þier eigi, ljúfar sætur, lífið várt drekkja sier glæpafult í dauðadjúpi, er einskis svífumz, þótt jafnan flekkiz. Yfirkóróna allra vífa, ein Máría, hreinust drotning, helgar kvinnur og meyjar allar {hallar guðs} þjóna henni.
‘Let not, beloved women, our life be drowned sinfully in the depth of death, [we] who shrink from nothing, although it is always stained. The superior crown of all women, the one Mary, the purest queen, holy women and all maidens of the hall of God [HEAVEN] serve her.

notes and context

[5-8]: The first repeat of stef 2, signalled in the left margin of 721 and the right margin of 713 by a cross.



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 33: AII, 533, BII, 590, Skald II, 326.


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