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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Heildr 17VII

Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Heilags anda drápa 17’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 466-7.

Anonymous PoemsHeilags anda drápa

text and translation

Vegr sé feðr ok fögrum,
fljótt, óskmegi dróttins;
lofi huggara hygginn
hirðprúðra kyn virða;
en salkonungs sólar
sonr eingetinn hreinar
sendi oss með anda
ört vingjafir björtum.

Vegr sé feðr ok {fögrum óskmegi dróttins}; kyn hirðprúðra virða lofi fljótt hygginn huggara, en {eingetinn sonr {sólar sal{konungs}}} sendi oss ört hreinar vingjafir með björtum anda.
‘Glory be to the Father and to the beautiful beloved Son of the Lord [= Christ]; may the kin of courtly men swiftly praise the thoughtful comforter, and may the only son of the king of the hall of the sun [(lit. ‘son of the sun’s hall-king’) SKY/HEAVEN > = God > = Christ] graciously send us pure gifts of friendship along with the radiant spirit.

notes and context

The Lat. doxology corresponding to Heildr 17 must have been known in some form to the Icel. poet. In the version given by Einar Ólafur, the Lat. reads: Sit laus patri cum filio / sancto simul paraclito, / nobisque mittat filius / charisma sancti spiritus ‘Let there be praise to the Father with the Son, together with the Holy Paraclete, and may the Son send to us the gift of the Holy Spirit’.


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 17: AII, 163, BII, 179, Skald II, 94, NN §§2832, 3281, 2386; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1844, 56, Rydberg 1907, 3, 46, Attwood 1996a, 59, 155.


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