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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Heil 8VII

Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Heilagra manna drápa 8’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 878-9.

Anonymous PoemsHeilagra manna drápa

text and translation

Heilagt skutu þeir hold -
saklaust blóð - var - síðar - miklu
…ði slegið af
Jésús Kristur - lofðung - ljósan
laðar til - sín - úr - þessi pínu;
Játmundi tiez Einglands kindar
elska sönn með guði og mönnum.

Þeir skutu heilagt hold ... saklaust blóð var miklu síðar ... slegið af ... Jésús Kristur laðar til sín ljósan lofðung úr þessi pínu; sönn elska kindar Einglands tiez Játmundi með guði og mönnum.
‘They shot the holy body ... innocent blood was much later ... beaten by ... Jesus Christ invites to him the shining king from this torment; true love of the offspring of England is shown to Edmund with God and 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 8: AII, 513, BII, 564, Skald II, 309, NN §1769, 3378A; Kahle 1898, 92, 112.


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