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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mey 43VII

Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Heilagra meyja drápa 43’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 918.

Anonymous PoemsHeilagra meyja drápa

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Fjóra liet hann forka stóra
færa niðr og binda kæru;
slitnar hold, en beinin brotna;
beygð úr öllum liðunum teygðiz.
Jóladag fekk jungfrú sælust
allsráðanda drottins náðir;
hátíðliga fór meyjan mætust
messudag úr heimi þessum.

Hann liet fjóra stóra forka færa niðr og binda kæru; hold slitnar, en beinin brotna; beygð, teygðiz úr öllum liðunum. Jóladag fekk sælust jungfrú náðir allsráðanda drottins; messudag fór mætust meyjan hátíðliga úr þessum heimi.
‘He had four big poles driven down and the woman bound; her flesh is torn and the bones are broken; racked, she was pulled out of all her joints. On Christmas Day the most blessed maiden received mercy from the Lord who rules over everything; on mass-day the most precious maiden solemnly left this world.

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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 43: AII, 535, BII, 592-3, Skald II, 328.


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