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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Pét 10VII

David McDougall (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Pétrsdrápa 10’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 804.

Anonymous PoemsPétrsdrápa

text and translation

Bessaíðe breiðrar
borgar víðum torgum
tveir bræður með tíri
trúlundaðir funduz.
List gera frægir fysta
fiskimanna að kanna;
sá varð giftugjörðum
gæddr, að slíka fæddi.

Bessaíðe, víðum torgum breiðrar borgar, funduz tveir trúlundaðir bræður með tíri. Frægir gera að kanna list fiskimanna fysta; sá, að slíka fæddi, varð gæddr giftugjörðum.
‘In Bethsaida, in the wide squares of the broad city, were found two brothers, faithful of mind, of renown. The famed ones do try the craft of fishermen first; he who begot such men was endowed with grace.

notes and context

[5-6]: Cf. Pétr 1/11-12: þeir voru fiskimenn at iðn ‘they were fishermen by occupation’; Matt. IV.18: erant enim piscatores ‘for they were fishers’.



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 10: AII, 502, BII, 547, Skald II, 300, NN §§1712A, 2875; Kahle 1898, 80, 109.


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