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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Heil 26VII

Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Heilagra manna drápa 26’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 890.

Anonymous PoemsHeilagra manna drápa

text and translation

Völdugir norðr í Valland hieldu;
vilja þeir með keisarann skilja;
Díocleciánus dauða nýjan
dæmir þeim, er trúna sæma.
Maurícíus og menn hans færa
meingið hjó, sem skipi þeingill.

Völdugir hieldu norðr í Valland; þeir vilja skilja með keisarann; Díocleciánus dæmir þeim, er sæma trúna, nýjan dauða. Meingið hjó Maurícíus og hans færa menn, sem þeingill skipi.
‘The powerful ones headed north into Gaul; they want to part company with the emperor; Diocletian condemns those who honour the faith to a new death. The crowd slew Maurice and his able men, as the ruler commanded.

notes and context

Line 6 of st. 26 is the last l. of fol. 2v and it is uncertain how much longer the poem was.



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 26: AII, 516, BII, 569, Skald II, 312; Kahle 1898, 96, 113.


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