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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Heil 4VII

Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Heilagra manna drápa 4’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 876.

Anonymous PoemsHeilagra manna drápa

text and translation

Tómas, þá er vier týnum heimi,
treysti eg því, sá oss hefir leysta
þínar að fyr þýðar bænir
þiggi oss, er dauðir liggjum.
Dýrri prýðir

Tómas, þá er vier týnum heimi, treysti eg því, að sá hefir leysta oss, þiggi oss fyr þínar þýðar bænir, er liggjum dauðir. Dýrri prýðir.
‘Thomas, when we lose the world [i.e. our lives], I trust in it, that the one who has redeemed us will receive us because of your kind prayers when we lie dead. More glorious adorns ...

notes and context

[5-8]: These ll. (except for the first two words of l. 5) are not included in 720a VI (and 399a-bˣ); a cross in the right margin of 720a VI draws attention to the omission. As medieval scribes regularly abbreviated repeated refrain helmingar and marked them with a cross in the margin, it is likely that the st. now numbered 4b was the last repeat of the poem’s first stef. If so, a considerable number of sts must have been lost, comprising the introduction (upphaf) and the first section of the stefjabálkr.



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 4: AII, 512, BII, 563, Skald II, 308, NN §1766; Kahle 1898, 91, 112.


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