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Anon Mey 4VII

Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Heilagra meyja drápa 4’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 894.

Anonymous PoemsHeilagra meyja drápa

Jésú ‘of Jesus’

Jésús (noun m.): Jesus


ýmsa ‘various kinds of’

ýmiss (adj.): various, alternate


sætur ‘the women’

sœtr (adj.): sweet


sjaldan ‘seldom’

sjaldan (adv.): seldom


grietu ‘bewailed’

2. gráta (verb): weep


sárligt ‘painful’

sárligr (adj.): painful

[4] sárligt: sárlig 713


Saklausust ‘most innocent’

saklauss (adj.): innocent, without cause


við ‘in the face of’

2. við (prep.): with, against


Máría ‘Mary’

María (noun f.): Mary


öndin ‘soul’

andi (noun m.; °-a; -ar): spirit, soul

[7] öndin: dauðan 713


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The scribe of 721 wrote ll. 1-7 (öndin) on fol. 8v and continued at the top of what is now – erroneously – fol. 11r (see Introduction). — [6-8]: The poet plays here on the commonplace medieval motif of Mary as the mater dolorosa, watching and taking upon herself the agony of her son on the Cross. The notion that Mary suffered a parallel passion to Christ was a significant theme of late medieval devotion (see LM: ‘Compassio BVM’).


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