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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Heil 12VII

Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Heilagra manna drápa 12’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 881.

Anonymous PoemsHeilagra manna drápa

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Sætur guð nam sínum vitraz
sessunaut, er hann flutti messu,
græðari várr og gaf honum síðan
guðs líkama sjálfr hinn ríki.
Párísborgar píndr var stýrir
prestr og djákn við grimleik mestan;
tálguöxum hálsar helgir
höggnir váru af greifans brögnum.

Sætur guð nam vitraz sínum sessunaut, er hann flutti messu, og síðan gaf hinn ríki græðari várr honum sjálfr guðs líkama. {Stýrir Párísborgar} var píndr, prestr og djákn við grimleik mestan; helgir hálsar váru höggnir tálguöxum af greifans brögnum.
‘Sweet God revealed himself to his bench-mate, as he was celebrating mass, and later our mighty Saviour himself gave him the Eucharist [lit. God’s body]. The ruler of Paris [BISHOP = Dionysius] was tormented, the priest and the deacon [were tormented] with the greatest cruelty; their holy necks were cut with adzes by the count’s men.

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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 12: AII, 513-4, BII, 565, Skald II, 310, NN §2983, Kahle 1898, 93, 112-13.


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