Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

7. Anonymous Poems, Pétrsdrápa, 45 [Vol. 7, 836]

[7-8]: Kock (NN §2884, Skald) emends grafar (l. 8) to grafinnar to improve the metre. The ll. appear to refer to Peter’s hurrying to the sepulchre (Skj B til herrens grav ‘to the Lord’s grave’) on hearing that Christ has risen. Cf. Pétr 15/24-5: Petrus einn saman for [B rann] þa til leiðis sins meistara ‘Peter then went [B ran] alone to the tomb of his master’; Luke XXIV.12 Petrus autem consurgens cucurrit ad monumentum ‘but Peter rising up, ran to the sepulchre’. The transition from Peter’s departure from the courtyard of Caiphas (in l. 6) to this later episode in the gospel narrative is, however, abrupt to say the least! Petrus Comestor, Historia scholastica, ch. 159, refers to the tradition that after his denial Peter fled to a mountain cave to grieve in solitude (col. 1624): egressus foras flevit amare, fugiens in caveam, quae modo Gallicantus appellatur ‘going out he wept bitterly, fleeing to a cave which is now called Gallicantus’. Cf. Jacobus de Voragine, Legenda Aurea, ch. 52 ‘De Resurrectione Domini’ (in Maggioni 1998, 362). However, no reference is made to this tradition in Pétr (cf. Note to st. 46/7-8).


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