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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mey 45VII

Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Heilagra meyja drápa 45’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 919.

Anonymous PoemsHeilagra meyja drápa

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Leysti hun af sier langa festi;
lamdi þann, er prettinn framdi;
fjandi þoldi af fögru sprundi
fleinging bæði hart og leingi.
Kveljarinn bauð, í köldu hjóli
kæra guðs að pínuð væri;
ljúfa fekk hun endað æfi;
öndin fór þá guði til handa.

Hun leysti af sier langa festi; lamdi þann, er framdi prettinn; fjandi þoldi fleinging bæði hart og leingi af fögru sprundi. Kveljarinn bauð, að {guðs kæra} væri pínuð í köldu hjóli; hun fekk endað ljúfa æfi; öndin fór þá til handa guði.
‘She loosened from herself a long rope; she beat the one who performed the fraud; the devil endured whipping both hard and long by the fair woman. The tormentor ordered that God’s woman [HOLY WOMAN] be tortured on a cruel wheel; she ended her dear life; her soul then went into the hands of God.

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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 45: AII, 535, BII, 593, Skald II, 328.


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