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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Heildr 3VII

Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Heilags anda drápa 3’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 453-4.

Anonymous PoemsHeilags anda drápa

text and translation

Hugfyldra, blést, hölda
heilagra guð fögrum
vitr, þeim er vísdóm betrir
vandan, spektaranda.
Sú hefr einkagjöf grænkat
geðfjöll liði snjöllu
(erat seggja trú) tryggva
(tóm) siðferðar blómi.

Vitr guð hugfyldra heilagra hölda, blést fögrum spektaranda, þeim er betrir vandan vísdóm. Sú tryggva einkagjöf hefr grænkat {geðfjöll} snjöllu liði blómi siðferðar; trú seggja erat tóm.
‘Wise God of courageous holy men, you inspired the beautiful spirit of understanding which improves hard-won wisdom. That true, unique gift has made green the mind-mountains [SOULS] for wise people with the bloom of moral conduct; the faith of men is not empty.

notes and context



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 3: AII, 160, BII, 175, Skald II, 92, NN §§1403, 2337, 2338B; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1844, 52, Rydberg 1907, 1, 45, Attwood 1996a, 55, 151.


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