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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anonymous Poems (Anon)

VII. Plácitusdrápa (Pl) - 59

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

Jonna Louis-Jensen and Tarrin Wills 2007, ‘ Anonymous, Plácitusdrápa’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 179-220. <> (accessed 28 January 2022)

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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, 209-10

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46 — Anon Pl 46VII

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Cite as: Jonna Louis-Jensen and Tarrin Wills (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Plácitusdrápa 46’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 209-10.

Dýrr es himna harri;
hann eignask veg sannan;
aldrgǫfgu ræðr aldar
aflsteldr … veldi.
Lýtr engla lið ítrum
angrhrjóðanda ok þjóðir;
einn es ǫllu hreinni,
allt gótt sás skóp, dróttinn.

{Harri himna} es dýrr; hann eignask sannan veg; ræðr aflsteldr aldrgǫfgu … veldi aldar. Lið engla ok þjóðir lýtr {ítrum angrhrjóðanda}; einn dróttinn, sás skóp allt gótt, es ǫllu hreinni.

{The king of the heavens} [= God] is glorious; he gains true honour; he rules, mighty, over the age-noble …-power of the age. The band of angels and humankind bows {to the glorious sin-destroyer} [= God]; the one Lord, who created everything good, is purer than all.

Mss: 673b(4v)

Readings: [1] es: ‘[...]r’ 673b    [2] veg sannan: ‘ve[...]’ 673b    [3] ræðr: ‘r[...]þr’ 673b, ‘[...]þr’ 673bÞH    [4] aflsteldr: ‘[...]fll steldr’ 673b, 673bÞH, ‘afll stelldr’ 673bFJ;    veldi: ‘[...]’ 673b, 673bÞH, ‘[...]uelde’ 673bFJ    [5-8] abbrev. as ‘lytr.’ 673b

Editions: Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XII], G [1]. Plácítúsdrápa 46: AI, 616, BI, 618, Skald I, 301; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1833, 29-30, 58, Finnur Jónsson 1887, 241, Louis-Jensen 1998, 115-16.

Notes: [1, 3] es ... ræðr ‘is ... rules’: Emendations proposed by Sveinbjörn Egilsson (1833). All other conjectures in this st. proposed by Finnur Jónsson (1887). — [4] aflsteldr ‘mighty’: This is the only occurrence of this cpd in ON. In LP, Finnur Jónsson suggests that the second element is from a verb *stella, related to the late OIcel. stelling ‘mast-step’ (MIcel. ‘posture, stance’). — [4] veldi ‘…-power’: Sveinbjörn Egilsson proposed meginveldi ‘mighty kingdom’ here, but there is no evidence for the first element of his conjecture.

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