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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Heil 11VII

Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Heilagra manna drápa 11’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 880-1.

Anonymous PoemsHeilagra manna drápa

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Dýrðarmann kvað dauða verðan
Dómiciánus kóngr af Róma;
Rustícum fyr Jésú ástir
Elutéríum bauð að kvelja.
Lifnaðar smiðr í loganda ofni
leingi stóð og sakaði eingu;
næri hafði níu tigi ára
náðar valdr, er þrautir háði.

Dómiciánus, kóngr af Róma, kvað dýrðarmann dauða verðan; bauð að kvelja Rustícum Elutéríum fyr ástir Jésú. {Smiðr lifnaðar} stóð leingi í loganda ofni og sakaði eingu; {valdr náðar} hafði næri níu tigi ára, er háði þrautir.
‘Domicianus, king of Rome, declared the glorious man deserving of death; he commanded Rusticus [and] Elutherius to be tormented for their love of Jesus. The smith of the [good] life [HOLY MAN = Dionysius] stood for a long time in a burning oven and suffered no harm; the possessor of mercy [HOLY MAN = Dionysius] was almost ninety years old, when he engaged in his struggles.

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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. 10]. Af et digt om hellige mænd 11: AII, 513, BII, 565, Skald II, 310; Kahle 1898, 93, 112.


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