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VII. Heilagra meyja drápa (Mey) - 60

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Heilagra meyja drápa (‘Drápa about Holy Maidens’) — Anon MeyVII

Kirsten Wolf 2007, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Heilagra meyja drápa’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 891-930.

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Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV]: [B. 12]. Af heilogum meyjum, Heilagra meyja drápa. (AII, 526-39, BII, 582-97)

SkP info: VII, 915

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38 — Anon Mey 38VII

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Cite as: Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Heilagra meyja drápa 38’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 915.

Sæt Lúcía segi eg hieti
Sikileyjar hin vænsta meyja;
prúða vildi í porthús leiða
Páskásíus fullr af háska.
Hvergi máttu höldar margir
hræra nökkur drottins kæru;
orka þeir yxnum sterkum;
eigi mega þau frúna sveigja.

 

I say that the most beautiful maiden of Sicily was called sweet Lucy; Pascasius, full of sin, wanted to send the beautiful one to a brothel. In no way could many men move {the woman of the Lord}; [HOLY WOMAN] they employ strong oxen; they cannot budge the lady.

notes: Stanzas 38-9 celebrate S. Lucy of Sicily, while sts 40-1 refer to S. Lucy of Rome, who does not seem to have been venerated in Iceland. There are two fragments of a C14th saga of S. Lucy of Sicily (Unger 1877, I, 433-6; Foote 1962, 26; Widding, Bekker-Nielsen and Shook 1963, 319; Wolf 2003, 148-51, 177-8), and relatively weak evidence of her cult before c. 1200 (Cormack 1994, 118-19). Lucy’s story is that she rejected her pagan suitor Pascasius, who denounced her as a Christian. She was miraculously saved from a brothel and from death by fire. She was finally killed by a sword thrust through her throat. — [5-8]: These ll. follow the general story line of the prose saga (Unger 1877, I, 435; Wolf 2003, 150), though in a rather cryptic fashion. When men tried to take Lucy to a brothel, it was found that she could not be moved. Sorcerers were called in to try and move her by magic, but they failed. She was then drenched in urine to counter any magical powers that she might have been using herself, to no effect. Finally, a team of oxen was brought in to move her but they also failed.

editions: Skj [Anonyme digte og vers XIV]: [B. 12]. Af heilogum meyjum 38 (AII, 534; BII, 591); Skald II, 327, NN §§1847, 2970E.

sources

AM 721 4° (721) 9r - 9r (Mey)  transcr.  image  image  
AM 713 4° (713) 26, 9 - 26, 11  image  image  
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