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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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7. Anonymous Poems, Allra postula minnisvísur, 4 [Vol. 7, 857-8]

[3] yfir Jésú brjósti ‘on Jesus’s breast’: An echo of John XIII.25 cum recubuisset ille supra pectus Iesu ‘when he leaned upon the breast of Jesus’; cf. John XXI.20 qui et recubuit in cena super pectus eius ‘who also leaned on his breast at supper’. The latter verse is part of the gospel readings for the feast of John the Apostle (27 Dec.); cf. Ordo Nidr. 159: Dixit ihesus petro ‘Jesus said to Peter’ (John XXI.19-24; cf. Ordo Nidr. 490). The poet doubtless recalls the gospel passage directly, although the same detail is incorporated in brief accounts such as IO 71, 1; cf. Jón1x 413. It is also repeated in prayers to John, see Gjerløw 1980, I, 180 [Mortemer].


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