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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Heil 6VII

Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Heilagra manna drápa 6’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 877-8.

Anonymous PoemsHeilagra manna drápa

text and translation

Mörg ár þoldi miklar sorgir
meinað líf í slíkum greinum;
hárklæði frá eg huldur væri
holdi næst, en brek eru goldin.
Pelli nam hann og prúðu gulli
að prýða sig fyr augum lýða;
heimi liet á hverjum tíma
hafnað alls í drottins nafni.

Mörg ár þoldi meinað líf miklar sorgir í slíkum greinum; eg frá huldur væri hárklæði næst holdi; en brek eru goldin. Fyr augum lýða nam hann að prýða sig pelli og prúðu gulli; á hverjum tíma liet alls hafnað heimi í nafni drottins.
‘For many years his [self]-tormented life endured great afflictions in such ways; I heard [that] he wore [lit. he was covered with] a hair-shirt closest to his body; but transgressions are paid for. Before the eyes of the people he adorned himself with velvet and beautiful gold; every time he completely rejected the world in the name of the Lord.

notes and context

[1-2]: These ll. may also be construed ‘For many years he endured a tormented life, great afflictions in such ways’.


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 6: AII, 512, BII, 564, Skald II, 309, NN §§1767, 1768, 2807A, 2889; Kahle 1898, 91, 112.


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