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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anonymous Poems (Anon)

VII. Pétrsdrápa (Pét) - 54

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Pétrsdrápa (‘Drápa about the Apostle Peter’) — Anon PétVII

David McDougall 2007, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Pétrsdrápa’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 796-844.

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Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV]: [B. 7]. En drape om apostlen Peder, Pétrsdrápa (AII, 500-8, BII, 545-58)

SkP info: VII, 798

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2 — Anon Pét 2VII

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Cite as: David McDougall (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Pétrsdrápa 2’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 798.

Persónum guð greiniz
(gleðz) senn og einn þrennum
— faðir gat son án sáði —
(sanndeildr heilagr andi).
Þenna en aungvan annan
öld trúir guð í völdum
hæstra himnavista
heims og allra beima.

Guð greiniz senn einn og þrennum persónum; faðir gat son án sáði; sanndeildr heilagr andi gleðz. Öld trúir þenna guð en aungvan annan í völdum hæstra himnavista, heims og allra beima.

God is distinguished at once as one and in three persons; the Father begot the Son without seed; the truly shared Holy Spirit rejoices. Mankind believes this God and no other to have control of the highest abodes of the heavens, the world and all men.

Mss: 621(57v) (Pétr)

Readings: [4] heilagr: helgr 621    [6] trúir: om. 621    [7] hæstra: hæsta 621

Editions: Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV], [B. 7]. En drape om apostlen Peder 2: AII, 501, BII, 545, Skald II, 299, NN §§1709, 1710, 2997C; Kahle 1898, 78, 109.

Notes: [2-4]: Kock (NN §1709; Skald II) takes senn with the intercalary cl.: ‘the Holy Spirit rejoices at the same time’ (i.e. with the Father and the Son, as part of the Holy Trinity). — [4] sanndeildr ‘truly shared’: I.e. which truly shares in the threefold nature of the Godhead. Finnur Jónsson (LP: sanndeildr) notes that the word may alternatively mean ‘distributed, given in truth’ and allude to the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit (Isa. XI.2-3), or to the descent of the Holy Ghost upon the Apostles at Pentecost (Acts II.1-18). — [5]: Cf. st. 23/7-8. — [6]: Both Kahle (1898, 78) and Finnur Jónsson (Skj A) read: ‘o᷎lld gud j vero᷎lldum’. Since the helmingr lacks a verb, Finnur (Skj B) emends to ǫld trúir guð verǫldum (omitting prep. í) ‘mankind believes [him to be] God for worlds’. Kock (NN §1710) accepts the addition of the verb, but argues that í verǫldum must be a scribal error for í vǫldum ‘in power, control’ (of something + gen.). This would, in fact, appear to be the actual ms. reading (veröldum also being unmetrical), since the flourish over the v in ‘vo᷎lldum’ is more likely a finial like that on the v in var at st. 1/7 than an abbreviation mark for -er-. With the aðalhending cf., e.g., Sturl Hrafn 6/6II.

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