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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Alpost 1VII

Ian McDougall (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Allra postula minnisvísur 1’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 854-5.

Anonymous PoemsAllra postula minnisvísur

text and translation

Pétr er páfi drottins
prísaðr gleðivísum;
hvílir hans líkið sæla
höfuðdómarans í Róma.
Yfirpostula æstan
allir skulum hann kalla;
várr er völdugr herra
vörðr á himni og jörðu.
Prýðir hier pall várn inni
Pétr með sínu minni.

Pétr er drottins páfi, prísaðr gleðivísum; hans líkið sæla, höfuðdómarans, hvílir í Róma. Skulum allir kalla hann æstan yfirpostula; völdugr herra er várr vörðr á himni og jörðu. Pétr prýðir várn pall hier inni með sínu minni.
‘Peter is the Lord’s Pope, praised in verses of joy; the blessed body of him, the chief judge, rests in Rome. We must all call him the noblest chief Apostle; the mighty Lord is our protector in heaven and on earth. Peter adorns our bench herein with his memorial toast.

notes and context

Title added in top margin in hand of C17th: allra postula minniz vijsur; cf. Skj AII, 509 n.; cf. Kålund 1888-94, II, 149.



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. 9]. Allra postula minnisvísur 1: AII, 509, BII, 559, Skald II, 306.


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