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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Andr 3VII

Ian McDougall (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Andréasdrápa 3’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 848-9.

Anonymous PoemsAndréasdrápa

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Skært ljós skugglaus birti
skein yfir krossin hreina,
þá er Andréas endi
aldr, með drottins valdi.
Sá hann guð sjálfr í dauða
sier bjóðandi þjóða
prýðir faðminn fríða;
frægð slík himinríkis.

Skært ljós skugglaus birti skein yfir hreina krossin með drottins valdi, þá er Andréas endi aldr. Hann sjálfr {prýðir þjóða} sá í dauða guð bjóðandi sier fríða faðminn; slík frægð himinríkis.
‘A clear light, a shadowless brightness, shone over the pure cross through the Lord’s power, when Andrew ended his life. He himself, the adorner of nations [HOLY MAN], saw in death God offering him his fair embrace; such [is] the fame of the heavenly kingdom.

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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. 8]. Af et digt om Andreas 3: AII, 508, BII, 558, Skald II, 306; NN §1757; Konráð Gíslason 1860, 558.


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