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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Pl 26VII

Jonna Louis-Jensen and Tarrin Wills (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Plácitusdrápa 26’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 197-8.

Anonymous PoemsPlácitusdrápa

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Ok þás heiptar hnekkir
harmtvistr sona missti,
dýrðar vôttr — við dróttin
dælt gerði sér — mæ*lti:
‘Éls, halt við mik máli
(míns freistat nú) þínu,
frægr valderir foldar
(framar en Jóbs ins gamla).

Ok þás {harmtvistr hnekkir heiptar} missti sona, mæ*lti {vôttr dýrðar} — gerði sér dælt við dróttin —: ‘Halt við mik máli þínu, {frægr valderir {foldar éls}}; nús mín freistat framar en ins gamla Jóbs.
‘And when the sorrow-muted subduer of wrath [HOLY MAN] lost his sons, the witness of glory [MARTYR] spoke — addressed the Lord familiarly —: ‘Keep your promise to me, renowned ruler of the ground of the storm [SKY/HEAVEN > = God]; now I have been tried harder than Job the old [was].

notes and context



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 [XII], G [1]. Plácítúsdrápa 26: AI, 612, BI, 613, Skald I, 298, NN §1248; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1833, 21-2, 50, Finnur Jónsson 1887, 236, Louis-Jensen 1998, 105-6.


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