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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Pét 1VII

David McDougall (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Pétrsdrápa 1’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 797-8.

Anonymous PoemsPétrsdrápa

text and translation

Orð satt upphafs gjörði*
eitt næst stafi hæsta
— orð trúi* fyst það * fyrðar —
föður líkt, og með ríkti.
Gjörði alt með orði
ítr guð* stórt og lítið;
orð var sent, en særðiz
sonr, mey guðs, að deyja.

Eitt satt orð, líkt föður, gjörði* næst hæsta upphafs stafi og ríkti með; trúi* fyrðar fyst það * orð. Ítr guð* gjörði alt, stórt og lítið, með orði; orð var sent {mey guðs}, en sonr særðiz að deyja.
‘The one true word, like the Father, made completely the highest beginnings and ruled with [him]; let men believe that word [was] first. Glorious God made everything, great and small, with the word; the word was sent to the maid of God [= Mary], but [her] son was wounded to die [i.e. to death].

notes and context

[1-4]: For the interpretation followed here, see NN §1707. Finnur Jónsson (Skj B) takes ll. 1-2 and 3-4 together.



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. 7]. En drape om apostlen Peder 1: AII, 500-1, BII, 545, Skald II, 299, NN §§1707, 1708, 2831; Kahle 1898, 78, 109.


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