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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mey 8VII

Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Heilagra meyja drápa 8’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 896-7.

Anonymous PoemsHeilagra meyja drápa

text and translation

Önnur giftiz Máría manni;
mektarráði Alphéus náði;
frúin vænasta fjóra sveina
fæddi hun til spektar gædda.
Meingið nefnir Jacóbum yngra;
Jósép skínn í krafti ljósum;
Taddéus alt með gæzku græddi
góðr og mildur Simónis bróðir.

Önnur Máría giftiz manni; Alphéus náði mektarráði; hun, frúin vænasta, fæddi fjóra sveina gædda til spektar. Meingið nefnir Jacóbum yngra; Jósép skínn í ljósum krafti; Taddéus græddi alt með gæzku, góðr og mildur bróðir Simónis.
‘The second Mary married a man; Alpheus obtained a great marriage; she, the most beautiful woman, gave birth to four sons endowed with wisdom. The crowd mentions James the younger; Joseph shines in a bright power, Thaddaeus healed everything with goodness, the good and generous brother of Simon.

notes and context

On James the Less (or Younger), Simon and Thaddaeus, see Notes to st. 7 above and Anon Alpost sts 8, 11 and 12.



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 8: AII, 528, BII, 584, Skald II, 322, NN §§2970A, B, 2971A.


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