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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mey 36VII

Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Heilagra meyja drápa 36’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 914.

Anonymous PoemsHeilagra meyja drápa

text and translation

Lesandi oft með fagnað fúsan
fúsir menn, er treysta henni,
hennar sögu, þá er krankar kvinnur
kvennligt stríð í sóttum bíða.
Margaréta brúðum bætir
bætta hjálp með sínum mætti;
vaktar þessi meyjan mektug
mektargjörð á himni og jörðu.

Fúsir menn, er treysta henni, lesandi oft hennar sögu með fúsan fagnað, þá er krankar kvinnur bíða kvennligt stríð í sóttum. Margaréta bætir brúðum bætta hjálp með sínum mætti; mektug, þessi meyjan vaktar mektargjörð á himni og jörðu.
‘Keen men, who believe in her, often read her story with keen joy, when sick women suffer female affliction in illnesses. Margaret makes good help to women better with her might; powerful, this maiden keeps watch over the action of power in heaven and earth.

notes and context

On the rhetorical colours of this st., see Note to st. 5. It is interesting that the poet uses this method of stylistic intensification at the point where he speaks of S. Margaret’s help for women’s illnesses.



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 36: AII, 534, BII, 591, Skald II, 327, NN §§1846, 2976B.


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