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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Alpost 13VII

Ian McDougall (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Allra postula minnisvísur 13’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 870-1.

Anonymous PoemsAllra postula minnisvísur

text and translation

Hieldr Matthías mildi
mætr postuli sæti;
hlaut hann hlaðinn af ítri
hlutskifti það giftu.
Og á Sýrlandi sendi
sína önd frá pínu
guðs til göfgra náða;
gæti húss og sætis.
Signi hier sveit öll inni
sæls Matthías minni.

Matthías, mætr postuli, hieldr sæti mildi; hlaðinn af ítri giftu, hlaut hann það hlutskifti. Og á Sýrlandi sendi sína önd frá pínu til guðs göfgra náða; gæti húss og sætis. Signi öll sveit hier inni minni sæls Matthías.
‘Matthias, the worthy Apostle, holds the seat of mercy; full of glorious grace, he got that share by lot. And in Syria he sent his soul from torment to God’s noble mercies; may he watch over our house and bench. Let all the company herein bless a memorial toast for the blessed Matthias.

notes and context

[1-4]: Lines 1-4 are strikingly reminiscent of the opening ll. of the hymn for the feast of S. Matthias (14 May, see Ordo Nidr. 321): Mathia iuste, duodeno solio residens sorte ‘Just Matthias, sitting on the twelfth throne by lot’ (AH 51, 122, no. 107, v. 9; DH, 114). The same detail is included in prayers to S. Matthias; cf. Gjerløw 1980, I, 185 [Mortemer].


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. 9]. Allra postula minnisvísur 13: AII, 511, BII, 562, Skald II, 308.


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