Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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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, 826-7

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35 — Anon Pét 35VII

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Cite as: David McDougall (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Pétrsdrápa 35’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 826-7.

Lítilæti fann flýtir
fyst, það er horfa lystir
höfði jörð og hafði,
himiríkis, kvöl slíka.
Skínn fyr skuggsjón hreinni
skuggalausa* huggan
andi hans, án enda,
eilífr, guð hlífir.

 

{The promoter of heaven} [APOSTLE = Peter] first found that humility, by which he desires to turn his head to the earth, and he had such a torment. [This] shadow-free consolation shines before a pure mirror, his eternal soul which God protects without end.

notes: [1-4]: Finnur Jónsson’s emendation of ms. lítilæti to lítilætis, and ms. himirrikis to himinríki is unnecessary and produces awkward sense. Cf. Skj B: Ydmyghedens befordrer fandt ... en sådan kval, idet han lyster at vende hovedet nedad mod jorden og fik himmerig ‘The promoter of humility found ... such a torment, in that he desires to turn his head down towards the earth and obtained heaven’. The interpretation given here follows NN §1737. — [5-7]: Finnur Jónsson translates (Skj B): hans sjæl skinner i et skyggefrit spejl med en ren trøst uden ende ‘his soul shines in a shadow-free mirror with a pure solace without end’. The less convoluted syntax of Kock’s interpretation (NN §1738) is followed here.

editions: Skj [Anonyme digte og vers XIV]: [B. 7]. En drape om apostlen Peder 35 (AII, 505; BII, 553); Skald II, 303, NN §§1737, 1738, 3397; Kahle 1898, 85-6, 111.

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AM 621 4° (621) 59r, 9 - 59r, 11  transcr.  image  
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