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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, ‘ Anonymous, Pétrsdrápa’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 796-844. <> (accessed 22 May 2022)

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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, 799

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3 — Anon Pét 3VII

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Cite as: David McDougall (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Pétrsdrápa 3’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 799.

Hulin* mín hyggju báli
hrekkjóttu jörð slóttig
hefir mest hrunið í ástar
hyr með glæpum fyrri.
Fals, ágirni og fúlust
flærð mig þannveg lærði,
synd mier sæt að kendiz
seimvín líkt hjá eimi.

Fyrri hefir {slóttig hyggju jörð mín}, hulin* hrekkjóttu báli, mest hrunið í ástar hyr með glæpum. Fals, ágirni, og fúlust flærð lærði mig þannveg, að synd kendiz mier sæt, líkt seimvín hjá eimi.

Formerly {my cunning land of thought} [HEART], enveloped in treacherous flame, has plunged altogether into love’s fire through sins. Deceit, cupidity and foulest guile taught me in such a way that sin seemed sweet to me, like honeyed wine in comparison with smoke.

Mss: 621(57v) (Pétr)

Readings: [1] Hulin*: Hulinn 621

Editions: Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV], [B. 7]. En drape om apostlen Peder 3: AII, 501, BII, 546, Skald II, 299, NN §§1711, 2874, 3371; Kahle 1898, 78-9, 109.

Notes: [1-2]: Finnur Jónsson (Skj B) emends ms. ‘hyggiu’ to hyggja and ‘jord’ to mjǫk, and translates: Min meget snedige sjæl, skjult under rænkefuld ild ‘My very cunning soul, hidden under crafty fire’. Kock (NN §1711) keeps the ms. readings and translates: Höljd i svekfull sinnesbrånad har min mark förrädisk sjunkit ... i älskogsglöd ‘Wrapped in deceitful mental ardour my land has sunk treacherous(ly) ... into the fire of love’ (taking jörð mín as an incomplete kenning for ‘land [of the heart/mind]’?). At NN §3371 he revises this interpretation to take hyggju jörð (as here) as a kenning for ‘breast or heart’ (cf. SnE 1998 I, 108/25, jǫrð ... hugarins, and, e.g., Anon Mv III 2/4 hugar land; GunnLeif Merl I 82/6-7VIII jarðir geðs). — [1] hulin* ‘enveloped’: Ms. Hulinn, emended to agree with jörð l. 2 (f. nom. sg. ‘earth’). — [7]: See NN §2874. Finnur Jónsson (Skj B) translates: at den søde synd syntes mig som ... ‘that the sweet sin seemed to me like ...’.

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