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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mey 41VII

Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Heilagra meyja drápa 41’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 917.

Anonymous PoemsHeilagra meyja drápa

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Blý og járn skal blessuð meyja
bera óverðug sier á herðum;
ýtar leiddu oft um stræti
unga frú með byrði þunga.
Utan borgar var ærlig sæta
yfirgræðara flett af klæðum;
drottni kært í djúpu vatni
drekkiz fljóð af heiðnum þjóðum.

Blessuð meyja skal óverðug bera á herðum sier blý og járn; ýtar leiddu oft unga frú um stræti með þunga byrði. Utan borgar var {ærlig sæta yfirgræðara} flett af klæðum; fljóð kært drottni drekkiz í djúpu vatni af heiðnum þjóðum.
‘The blessed maiden must undeserving carry on her shoulders lead and iron; men often led the young lady around the streets with the heavy burden. Outside the city the honourable woman of the supreme healer [HOLY WOMAN] was stripped of her clothes; the woman dear to the Lord is drowned in deep water by heathen people.

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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 41: AII, 534-5, BII, 592, Skald II, 328.


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