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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mey 51VII

Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Heilagra meyja drápa 51’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 923.

Anonymous PoemsHeilagra meyja drápa

text and translation

Möttul sinn liet meyja drottins
mætan upp og dreginn úr vætu
sýslufull á sólargeisla;
sólin hielt, sem lægi á stóli.
Merkiligust í miðri kirkju
meyjan fór um tíðir deyja
píslalaus sem göfugur geisli;
gæti hun vár, að syndir bætiz.

{Meyja drottins} liet upp mætan möttul sinn og dreginn úr vætu sýslufull á sólargeisla, sólin hielt, sem lægi á stóli. Merkiligust meyjan fór deyja píslalaus sem göfugur geisli um tíðir í miðri kirkju; gæti hun vár, að syndir bætiz.
‘The maiden of the Lord [HOLY WOMAN] placed her precious cloak which was [lit. and] drawn out of the water, careful, on a sunbeam; the sun held it, as if it [the cloak] lay on a chair. The very remarkable maiden died without torments like a noble light-beam during mass in the middle of the church; may she watch over us, so that our sins are atoned for.

notes and context

[1-4]: One of Brigid’s miraculous deeds, attested from the earliest lives onwards, was that, after being caught in a downpour of rain, she hung out her wet cloak to dry on a sunbeam (Connolly and Picard 1987, 15).



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 51: AII, 537, BII, 594-5, Skald II, 329.


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