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Anonymous Poems (Anon)

VII. Pétrsdrápa (Pét) - 54

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, 799-800

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4 — Anon Pét 4VII

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Cite as: David McDougall (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Pétrsdrápa 4’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 799-800.

Gróf, er græðgi reifir,
grandafullur andi
brjóst, og bar inn löstu
brúkum, mitt sjúka,
saman þó loðir með lími
lífs hinna fyr innan;
það er ván guðligs gróða
græn fyr Pétri bænir.

 

The harmful spirit, who promotes greed, bored into my sick breast, and carried in vices in heaps, yet within those [vices] it cleaves together with the mortar of life; that is the green hope of godly growth through Peter’s prayers.

notes: [5-6]: Finnur Jónsson (Skj B) translates: dog hænger der sammen der indenfor en med lim sammenfæstet livshinde ‘yet there holds together within a membrane of life (fastened together) with glue’ (my italics). The image is certainly striking, but it is hard to think of a parallel for this rather mucilaginous collocation of membrane and glue, and (perhaps not surprisingly) the word hinna ‘membrane’ would not appear to be used elsewhere in the corpus of OIcel. poetry. Kahle (1898, 109) takes hinna (as here) as acc. pl. of hinn pron. (object of fyr innan), but renders 5-8: ‘Nevertheless it (the sick breast) holds together within these (the vices), through the prayers of Peter with the limb of life (= Christ? life itself?)’. With the image of the ‘mortar of life’ cf. perhaps Langland Piers Plowman, B-text (Kane and Donaldson 1975), Passus XIX, 323-4: And of his baptisme and blood þat he bledde on roode | He made a manere morter, and mercy it highte ‘And from the baptismal water and blood that he shed on the cross (cf. John XIX.34) he made a kind of mortar, and it was called mercy’. — [7-8]: Both Kahle and Konráð Gíslason (1860) treat það er ván guðligs gróða græn ‘that is the green hope of godly growth’ as an intercalary cl.

editions: Skj [Anonyme digte og vers XIV]: [B. 7]. En drape om apostlen Peder 4 (AII, 501; BII, 546); Skald II, 299, NN §1712A; Konráð Gíslason 1860, 557; Kahle 1898, 78-9, 109.

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AM 621 4° (621) 57v, 14 - 57v, 16 (Pétr)  transcr.  image  
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