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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
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Jésú ‘of Jesus’

Jésús (noun m.): Jesus

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ýmsa ‘various kinds of’

ýmiss (adj.): various, alternate

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sætur ‘the women’

sœtr (adj.): sweet

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sjaldan ‘seldom’

sjaldan (adv.): seldom

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grietu ‘bewailed’

2. gráta (verb): weep

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sárligt ‘painful’

sárligr (adj.): painful

[4] sárligt: sárlig 713

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Saklausust ‘most innocent’

saklauss (adj.): innocent, without cause

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við ‘in the face of’

2. við (prep.): with, against

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Máría ‘Mary’

María (noun f.): Mary

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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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