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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mey 6VII

Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Heilagra meyja drápa 6’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 895.

Anonymous PoemsHeilagra meyja drápa

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Sjá er elskulig Máría meyja
móðir Krists, er alt hið góða
veitir, þiggur, giefr og gætir,
gæskulífið allra vífa.
Sínar flytr hún sætar bænir
syndug þjóð að hljóti yndi;
henni mega því allir unna;
ann hun hverjum kristnum manni.

Elskulig meyja Máría, er veitir, þiggur, giefr og gætir alt hið góða, gæskulífið allra vífa, sjá er móðir Krists. Hún flytr sínar sætar bænir, að syndug þjóð hljóti yndi; því mega allir unna henni; hun ann hverjum kristnum manni.
‘The beloved maiden Mary, who offers, receives, gives and protects everything good, the gracious life of all women, she is the mother of Christ. She delivers her sweet prayers so that sinful people get happiness; therefore all people can love her; she loves every Christian person.

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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 6: AII, 527-8, BII, 583-4, Skald II, 322, NN §1840.


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