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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mey 49VII

Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Heilagra meyja drápa 49’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 921.

Anonymous PoemsHeilagra meyja drápa

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Þrír höfðingjar þetta píndu
þrifligt sprund á margar lundir;
trúðrinn liet, sá er týndi dáðum,
tungu skera úr vífi jungu.
Brúði hjó hann með sverði á síðu;
saklaus gjörði hun drottni þakkir;
ástir fær af kærum Kristi
Kristína fyr þrautir sínar.

Þrír höfðingjar píndu þrifligt sprund þetta á margar lundir; trúðrinn, sá er týndi dáðum, liet tungu skera úr jungu vífi. Hann hjó með sverði á síðu brúði; saklaus gjörði hun þakkir drottni; Kristína fær fyr sínar þrautir ástir af kærum Kristi.
‘Three chieftains tormented this flourishing lady in many ways; the charlatan, who destroyed virtues, had the tongue cut out of the young woman. He struck with a sword at the woman’s side; innocent, she gave thanks to the Lord; Christina receives for her tortures the love of the dear Christ.

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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 49: AII, 536, BII, 594, Skald II, 329.


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