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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mey 31VII/2 — meyja ‘maiden’

Haglig leysti hár úr dreglum
hvítust meyja fagrt að líta;
fríðast var sem frúinnar klæði
falli niðr um líkam allan.
Síniformus sætu væna
sárkennandi skipar að brenna;
ýtar kyndu eldinn heita;
Agnes stóð í logandi glóðum.

Haglig hvítust meyja leysti hár, fagrt að líta, úr dreglum; var sem fríðast klæði frúinnar falli niðr um allan líkam. Síniformus skipar að brenna væna sætu sárkennandi; ýtar kyndu heita eldinn; Agnes stóð í logandi glóðum.

The skilful very bright maiden loosened her hair, fair to look at, from ribbons; it was as if the fairest clothes of a woman fell down around her entire body. Síniformus commands [people] to burn the beautiful, pain-enduring woman; men kindled the hot fire; Agnes stood in the burning flames.


[2] meyja: meyjan 713



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