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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anonymous Poems (Anon)

VII. Heilags anda drápa (Heildr) - 18

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Heilags anda drápa (‘Drápa about the Holy Spirit’) — Anon HeildrVII

Katrina Attwood 2007, ‘ Anonymous, Heilags anda drápa’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 450-67. <> (accessed 2 December 2021)

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Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII]: C. [3]. Heilags anda vísur (AII, 160-3, BII, 175-80)

SkP info: VII, 459-60

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10 — Anon Heildr 10VII

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Cite as: Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Heilags anda drápa 10’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 459-60.

Rakkr dróttinn fremr rekka
ríkr ástgjöfum slíkum
(þeim er sigr ok sómi)
sólar fróns (at þjóna).
Syngr óskalof lengi
landherr spökum anda

{Ríkr rakkr dróttinn {fróns sólar}} fremr rekka slíkum ástgjöfum, þeim er sigr ok sómi at þjóna. Landherr syngr lengi óskalof spökum anda

{The mighty, bold lord {of the land of the sun}} [SKY/HEAVEN > = God] assists men with such love-gifts, which are a victory and an honour to gain. The army on earth [i.e. Christians] sings for a long time wished for-praise to the wise spirit …

Mss: B(10r), 399a-bˣ

Readings: [6-8] abbrev. as ‘lannd herr spo᷎kum a. l.’ B

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII], C. [3]. Heilags anda vísur 10: AII, 161-2, BII, 177, Skald II, 93; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1844, 54, Rydberg 1907, 2, 46, Attwood 1996a, 57-8, 153.

Notes: [3] þeim er: Here interpreted as a rel. pron. referring back to ástgjöfum ‘love-gifts’ (l. 2). Skj B understands a separate cl. er sigr ok sómi þeim ‘it is a victory and an honour to that one (i.e. God)’. — [4] fróns sólar ‘of the land of the sun’: Although the sky- or heaven-kenning frón sólar occurs elsewhere only in an anonymous helmingr on the Crucifixion quoted in Anon (FoGT) 6/2III to illustrate the figure of chronographia (SnE 1848-87, II, 196; TGT 1884-6, 123), heaven-kennings on the same model occur very frequently in Christian verse. Cf. land sólar ‘land of the sun’ (Leið 26/1-2); dags reitr ‘day’s patch of land’ (Líkn 32/6); sólar reitr ‘sun’s patch of land’ (Anon Lil 11/4). — [5-8]: Repetition of a second stef, the two last ll. of which are not preserved, is indicated by the obelos symbol in the right-hand margin beside fol. 10r, l. 20. — [6] anda ‘spirit’: B abbreviates this and the following words a. l. This edn follows Finnur Jónsson, Kock and Rydberg in adopting Sveinbjörn Egilsson’s reconstruction to anda, acc. sing. of m. andi ‘spirit’, the recipient of the Christians’ hymnsinging.

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