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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mey 55VII

Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Heilagra meyja drápa 55’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 926.

Anonymous PoemsHeilagra meyja drápa

text and translation

Pétur gat sier prúða dóttur;
Petronilla frá eg að hieti;
þvinguð var hun með líkþrá langri;
Línus bað fyr hennar pínu.
Faðir hennar tók frúna að græða;
flýði hun alla heimsins prýði;
plagaz hun nú með prúðum sigri
pínulaus með drottni sínum.

Pétur gat sier prúða dóttur; eg frá að hieti Petronilla; hun var þvinguð með langri líkþrá; Línus bað fyr hennar pínu. Hennar faðir tók að græða frúna; hun flýði alla prýði heimsins; pínulaus plagaz hun nú með prúðum sigri með sínum drottni.
‘Peter begat a fine daughter; I heard that she was called Petronilla; she was afflicted by prolonged leprosy; Linus prayed for [her in] her suffering. Her father healed the lady; she avoided all the world’s pomp; without suffering she is now furnished with a fine victory with her Lord.

notes and context

Petronilla is mentioned in Pétr 1/14-2/3 as the Apostle Peter’s daughter by his wife Perpetua. See Anon Pét 12 and Notes ad loc.



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. 12]. Af heilogum meyjum 55: AII, 538, BII, 595-6, Skald II, 330, NN §3376C.


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