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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 22 January 2022)

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

SkP info: VII, 466-7

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17 — Anon Heildr 17VII

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Cite as: Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Heilags anda drápa 17’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 466-7.

Vegr sé feðr ok fögrum,
fljótt, óskmegi dróttins;
lofi huggara hygginn
hirðprúðra kyn virða;
en salkonungs sólar
sonr eingetinn hreinar
sendi oss með anda
ört vingjafir björtum.

Vegr sé feðr ok {fögrum óskmegi dróttins}; kyn hirðprúðra virða lofi fljótt hygginn huggara, en {eingetinn sonr {sólar sal{konungs}}} sendi oss ört hreinar vingjafir með björtum anda.

Glory be to the Father and {to the beautiful beloved Son of the Lord} [= Christ]; may the kin of courtly men swiftly praise the thoughtful comforter, and may {the only son {of the king {of the hall of the sun}}} [(lit. ‘son of the sun’s hall-king’) SKY/HEAVEN > = God > = Christ] graciously send us pure gifts of friendship along with the radiant spirit.

Mss: B(10r), 399a-bˣ

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII], C. [3]. Heilags anda vísur 17: AII, 163, BII, 179, Skald II, 94, NN §§2832, 3281, 2386; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1844, 56, Rydberg 1907, 3, 46, Attwood 1996a, 59, 155.

Notes: [All]: The Lat. doxology corresponding to Heildr 17 must have been known in some form to the Icel. poet. In the version given by Einar Ólafur, the Lat. reads: Sit laus patri cum filio / sancto simul paraclito, / nobisque mittat filius / charisma sancti spiritus ‘Let there be praise to the Father with the Son, together with the Holy Paraclete, and may the Son send to us the gift of the Holy Spirit’. — [3] hygginn huggara ‘the thoughtful comforter’: That is, the Paraclete. — [6-8] hreinar vingjafir ‘pure gifts of friendship’: Lit. ‘friendship-gifts’. Finnur Jónsson (Skj B) follows Rydberg in assuming that B’s ‘hreínnar’ ‘pure’ (l. 6) qualifies f. gen. sing. sólar ‘of the sun’ (l. 5). They construe the Christ-kenning sonr salkonungs hreinnar sólar ‘son of the king of the hall of the pure sun’. Kock (NN §3281) objects that, although kennings identical to, or on the same pattern as, salkonungr sólar occur frequently in Christian poetry (see Note to 13/1), none has an adj. qualifying sól (cf. LP: sól, kennings for God). This edn follows Kock in taking ms. ‘hreínnar’ (normalised to hreinar) as qualifying vingjafir f. acc. pl. (l. 8).

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