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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Pét 6VII

David McDougall (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Pétrsdrápa 6’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 8001.

Anonymous PoemsPétrsdrápa

text and translation

Brott ryði þyrni þiettum
þjósts sármeiddu brjósti
mær og móðir dýrust
Máría guðs váru.
Önd með hjálpar hendi
heilagr stjörnudeilir
seði og sæmdum greiði
siðsterkan brag verkum.

Máría, mær og dýrust móðir guðs, ryði brott þiettum þyrni þjósts sármeiddu brjósti váru. {Heilagr stjörnudeilir} seði önd með hendi hjálpar og greiði siðsterkan brag sæmdum verkum.
‘May Mary, maid and most precious mother of God, clear away the dense thorn-bush of rage from our [my] sorely injured breast. May the holy star-ruler [= God] satisfy the soul with the hand of help, and deliver the faith-strong poem with celebrated deeds.

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Text is based on reconstruction from the base text and variant apparatus and may contain alternative spellings and other normalisations not visible in the manuscript text. Transcriptions may not have been checked and should not be cited.

editions and texts

Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV], [B. 7]. En drape om apostlen Peder 6: AII, 501, BII, 546, Skald II, 299, NN §§1714, 3372; Konráð Gíslason 1860, 557, Kahle 1898, 79, 109.


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