Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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VII. Plácitusdrápa (Pl) - 59

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Plácitusdrápa (‘Drápa about S. Eustace’) — Anon PlVII

Jonna Louis-Jensen and Tarrin Wills 2007, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Plácitusdrápa’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 179-220.

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Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XII]: G [1]. Plácítúsdrápa, Digt fra det 12. årh. (AI, 607-18, BI, 606-22)

SkP info: VII, 193

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18 — Anon Pl 18VII

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Cite as: Jonna Louis-Jensen and Tarrin Wills (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Plácitusdrápa 18’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 193.

Dýrðhittir bað dróttin
dagbœjar sér tœja;
hæst gat hrjóðr við freistni
hugborð móins storðar.
Hlaut, sás œztr es ýta,
íðn Plácitus fríða;
Evstákíus ævi
albazta sér valði.

{Dýrðhittir} bað {dróttin {dagbœjar}} tœja sér; {hrjóðr {storðar móins}} gat {hæst hugborð} við freistni. Plácitus, sás œztr es ýta, hlaut fríða íðn; Evstákíus valði sér albazta ævi.

{The acquirer of glory} [HOLY MAN] bade {the lord {of the daylight-home}} [SKY/HEAVEN > = God] help him; {the destroyer {of the ground of the serpent}} [GOLD > GENEROUS MAN] received {the highest mind-board} [COURAGE] in the face of trial. Plácitus, who is the best of men, was allotted a glorious task; Eustace chose for himself the very best life.

Mss: 673b(2v)

Readings: [5-8] abbrev. as ‘hlaut sa es e. e.i.’ 673b

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XII], G [1]. Plácítúsdrápa 18: AI, 611, BI, 611, Skald I, 297; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1833, 18, 47, Finnur Jónsson 1887, 234, Louis-Jensen 1998, 102.

Notes: [4] hugborð ‘mind-board’: I.e. breast and consequently courage (cf. Meissner, 135). The only other instance in skaldic poetry is Þorm Lv 3/4V, but the word is also found in prose in Saga Sigurðar Jórsalafara (Fms 7, 143/13; cf. Fritzner: hugborð). — [5-8]: Stef 1, cf. st. 11.

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