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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mey 40VII

Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Heilagra meyja drápa 40’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 916.

Anonymous PoemsHeilagra meyja drápa

text and translation

Lofkennandi Lúcía önnur
líknar blóm var pínd í Róma;
Díocleciánus dygðarmeyjar
dáðugt hold í píslum þjáði.
Brennandi stóð blýfull panna;
brúði liet hann sitja prúða
dægur þrjú í logandi laugu;
lifði hun enn og giekk úr henni.

Önnur lofkennandi Lúcía, blóm líknar, var pínd í Róma; Díocleciánus þjáði dáðugt hold dygðarmeyjar í píslum. Blýfull panna stóð brennandi; hann liet prúða brúði sitja þrjú dægur í logandi laugu; hun lifði enn og giekk úr henni.
‘Another famous [lit. praise-showing] Lucy, a flower of mercy, was tormented in Rome; Diocletian tortured the valiant body of the virtuous maiden with torments. A pan full of lead stood burning; he made the beautiful woman sit for three days in the burning bath; she still lived on and walked out of it.

notes and context

Lucy of Rome was a native of Campania. According to her legend, she was carried off into the suburbs of Rome by Aucejas, the chief of a Teuton marauding party. He was inflamed with passion for the young Lucy, but when she announced to him that she was a Christian and a virgin dedicated to Christ, his feelings were changed to devotion. For twenty years she was worshipped as the oracle of the tribe. When she returned to Rome, Aucejas accompanied her, and both were executed shortly after their arrival.



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 40: AII, 534, BII, 592, Skald II, 327.


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