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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 30 June 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, 803-4

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9 — Anon Pét 9VII

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Cite as: David McDougall (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Pétrsdrápa 9’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 803-4.

Kápharnáum — korni
Kristr sáði þar lista —
borgin bar mörgum
blóm ítarlig sóma.
Ágætismenn ýtum
upp runnir þar kunnir
(annan stað eg inna)
oft þar vóru (stóran).


Capernaum, that city bore glorious fruits of honour for manyChrist sowed there the seed of virtues. Outstanding persons, who there were well known to men, had often grown up there; I can speak of another great city.

notes: [1-4]: Finnur Jónsson (Skj B) emends ms. ‘morgum’ (l. 3) to mǫrgu, agreeing with korni (l. 1), and translates Kristus såde dér mangt et udmærket frøkorn (= korni ... lista, ll. 1-2) ‘Christ sowed there many an excellent seed’. Kock (NN §1717) retains the ms. reading, but takes mǫrgum with sóma (l. 4) and renders ll. 3-4: Denna stad med mycken heder bar den härligaste frukt ‘This city with great honour bore the most glorious fruit’. He takes lista korn (ll. 1-2) to mean kunskapssäden ‘the seed of knowledge’. — [7-8]: Finnur Jónsson (Skj B) translates en anden stor stad kan jeg (også) nævne dig ‘I can (also) tell you of another great city’. Kock (NN §1718, cf. §2774) objects to the syntactical discontinuity introduced by retaining ms. ‘þer’, ‘to you’ (l. 8), and points out that nowhere else in Pét is a reader/listener addressed in the 2nd pers. sg. His emendation of þér to þar is adopted here.

editions: Skj [Anonyme digte og vers XIV]: [B. 7]. En drape om apostlen Peder 9 (AII, 502; BII, 547); Skald II, 300, NN §§1717, 1718, 2774; Kahle 1898, 80, 109.


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