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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Heildr 4VII

Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Heilags anda drápa 4’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 454-5.

Anonymous PoemsHeilags anda drápa

text and translation

Aflnægir seðr öflgu
jóð — huggari þjóðar,
átt, þann er aldri fættisk,
auð — skilningar brauði,
því er oss með hug hvössum
hrein brjóst ok trú fóstrar;
glöð lætr guðdóms eðli
guma kyn föður skynja.

Aflnægir seðr jóð öflgu brauði skilningar — huggari þjóðar, átt auð, þann er aldri fættisk — því er fóstrar oss hrein brjóst með hvössum hug ok trú; lætr {glöð kyn guma} skynja guðdóms eðli föður.
‘The strength-granter satisfies his children with the powerful bread of understanding — you, comforter of people, have the wealth that never diminishes — which fosters in us pure hearts [lit. breasts] along with keen thought and faith; it allows the cheerful race of men [MANKIND] to comprehend the divine nature of the Father.

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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 [XIII], C. [3]. Heilags anda vísur 4: AII, 160-1, BII, 175-6, Skald II, 92, NN §3162; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1844, 52-3, Rydberg 1907, 1, 45, Attwood 1996a, 55, 151.


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