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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, ‘(Introduction to) 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.

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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, 877-8

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6 — Anon Heil 6VII

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Cite as: Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Heilagra manna drápa 6’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 877-8.

Mörg ár þoldi miklar sorgir
meinað líf í slíkum greinum;
hárklæði frá eg huldur væri
holdi næst, en brek eru goldin.
Pelli nam hann og prúðu gulli
að prýða sig fyr augum lýða;
heimi liet á hverjum tíma
hafnað alls í drottins nafni.

Mörg ár þoldi meinað líf miklar sorgir í slíkum greinum; eg frá huldur væri hárklæði næst holdi; en brek eru goldin. Fyr augum lýða nam hann að prýða sig pelli og prúðu gulli; á hverjum tíma liet alls hafnað heimi í nafni drottins.

For many years his [self]-tormented life endured great afflictions in such ways; I heard [that] he wore [lit. he was covered with] a hair-shirt closest to his body; but transgressions are paid for. Before the eyes of the people he adorned himself with velvet and beautiful gold; every time he completely rejected the world in the name of the Lord.

Mss: 720a VI(1r)

Editions: Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV], [B. 10]. Af et digt om hellige mænd 6: AII, 512, BII, 564, Skald II, 309, NN §§1767, 1768, 2807A, 2889; Kahle 1898, 91, 112.

Notes: [1-2]: These ll. may also be construed ‘For many years he endured a tormented life, great afflictions in such ways’. — [2] greinum (f. dat. pl.) ‘ways’: lit. ‘parts’ or ‘divisions’. — [6] (inf. marker) ‘to’: Finnur Jónsson (Skj B) and Kock (Skald) omit ; see, however, NN §1767. — [8] alls ‘completely’: Here, as suggested by NN §1768, interpreted as an adv.; Finnur Jónsson (Skj B) interprets it as a substantivised adj. and reads ll. 7-8 as follows: á hverjum tíma lét hafnat heimi í nafni drottins alls ‘every time he rejected the world in the name of the Lord of everything’.

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