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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anonymous Poems (Anon)

VII. Heilagra manna drápa (Heil) - 26

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Heilagra manna drápa (‘Drápa about Holy Men’) — Anon HeilVII

Kirsten Wolf 2007, ‘ Anonymous, Heilagra manna drápa’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 872-90. <> (accessed 28 May 2022)

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Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV]: [B. 10]. Af et digt om hellige mænd, Heilagra manna drápa (AII, 511-16, BII, 562-9)

SkP info: VII, 879-80

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10 — Anon Heil 10VII

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Cite as: Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Heilagra manna drápa 10’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 879-80.

Dýrðar læt* eg dásemd verðan
Díonísíum guðs vin prísað;
heilagan gerði hinn hæsti Paulus
hann af einum villumanni.
Clémens páfi guðspjalls geymi
Gallíam bauð kristna alla;
fekk hann það með frægð og lukku,
Frakkar sneruz til drottins þakka.


I praise Dionysius, God’s friend, to be [who is] a marvel of glory; the highest Paul turned him into a holy man from a heretic. Pope Clement asked {the guardian of the Gospel} [HOLY MAN] to convert all of Gaul to Christianity; with fame and luck he brought it about that the Franks turned to thanks to [lit. of] the Lord.

notes: Sts 10-13 celebrate S. Dionysius (Denis or Denys), bishop of Paris, d. c. 250, for a long time regarded as the patron saint of France. According to Gregory of Tours (Krusch 1937, 23) he is supposed to have been sent into Gaul as a missionary by Pope Clement I (active c. 96 AD; on his cult in Scandinavia see Hofmann 1997 and Carron 2005) and to have been beheaded a few years later at Montmartre, along with a priest named Rusticus and a deacon, Eleutherius. Two fragments of a Dionysius saga are preserved in late ON mss (Unger 1877, I, 312-22, Widding, Bekker-Nielsen and Shook 1963, 307; Foote 1962, 22). S. Dionysius was co-patron of churches at Engey (C14th) and Reykholt, and co-patron of the altar at Viðey monastery (Cormack 1994, 93).

editions: Skj [Anonyme digte og vers XIV]: [B. 10]. Af et digt om hellige mænd 10 (AII, 513; BII, 565); Skald II, 309, NN §§1767, 1770, 2889; Kahle 1898, 92, 112.


AM 720 a VI 4° (720a VI) 1v - 1v (Heil)  transcr.  image  image  image  
JS 399 a-b 4°x (399a-bx) -  
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