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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mey 47VII

Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Heilagra meyja drápa 47’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 920.

Anonymous PoemsHeilagra meyja drápa

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Setning guðs liet sagirnar brotna;
sökt var henni í djúpið nöktri;
völdug giekk af vazins öldu
vætulaust með þurrum fæti.
Liet hann óðum ljónum beita
listugt fljóð, er klæða misti;
dýrið bítur dygðar kæru;
dróttins skínn meðal píslarvótta.

Setning guðs liet sagirnar brotna; henni var nöktri sökt í djúpið; völdug giekk vætulaust með þurrum fæti af öldu vazins. Hann liet listugt fljóð, er misti klæða, beita óðum ljónum; dýrið bítur kæru dygðar; skínn meðal píslarvótta dróttins.
‘The plan of God caused the saws to break; she was sunk naked into the deep [sea]; the powerful one walked without being wet [and] with dry feet from the wave of the water. He had the skilful woman, who was stripped of her clothes, set upon by raging lions; the beast bites the woman of virtue; she shines among the martyrs of the Lord.

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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 47: AII, 536, BII, 593-4, Skald II, 329.


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