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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Heildr 16VII

Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Heilags anda drápa 16’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 465-6.

Anonymous PoemsHeilags anda drápa

text and translation

Veit, at vér megim réttan,
vits brunnr, fyr þik kunna
föður í fylking saðri,
friðskýrðr, ok son dýrðar;
ok kæran þik þeira,
þrifa eggjandi, beggja
anda allar stundir,
alstyrkr, með trú dyrkim.

Friðskýrðr brunnr vits, veit, at vér megim fyr þik kunna réttan föður ok son í saðri fylking dýrðar; ok dyrkim þik, alstyrkr eggjandi þrifa, kæran anda beggja þeira allar stundir með trú.
‘Peace-glorified spring of wisdom, grant that we may, through you, come to know the true Father and the Son in the true crowd of glory; and [that] we may worship you, almighty encourager of well-being, dear spirit of both of them for all time with faith.

notes and context

The Lat. text reads: Per te sciamus da patrem / noscamus atque filium / te utriusque spiritum / credamus omni tempore ‘Grant that, through you, we may know the Father, and that we also become acquainted with the Son, and that we may believe in you, spirit of both of them, for all time’.



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 [XIII], C. [3]. Heilags anda vísur 16: AII, 163, BII, 179, Skald II, 94; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1844, 56, Rydberg 1907, 3, 46, Attwood 1996a, 59, 154.


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