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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Pét 14VII

David McDougall (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Pétrsdrápa 14’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 807-8.

Anonymous PoemsPétrsdrápa

text and translation

‘Hvess leiti þið ljósir?’,
lofsælastur mælir
guð, en svöruðu síðan
sanngóðir menn þannveg:
‘Seg þinn bæ eða bygðir,
blíðr og nafnið fríða’;
vann þeim vísi þenna
vagna brautar fagnað.

‘Hvess leiti þið ljósir?’ mælir lofsælastur guð, en sanngóðir menn svöruðu síðan þannveg: ‘Seg blíðr þinn bæ eða bygðir og nafnið fríða’. {Vísi {brautar vagna}} vann þeim þenna fagnað.
‘‘Whom do you two fair men seek?’ says the most glorious God, and the truly good men then answered thus: ‘Be so kind as to tell your town or district and your glorious name’. The king of the path of the wagons [SKY/HEAVEN > = God (= Christ)] did them this favour.

notes and context

[3-6]: Cf. Pétr 2/15-16: Þeir svoruðu: ‘Þik, meistari, eða hvar byggvir þú’ ‘They answered: “You master, but where do you live?”’, John I.38: qui dixerunt ei rabbi, quod dicitur interpretatum magister, ubi habitas? ‘who said to him Rabbi (which is to say, being interpreted, Master), where dwellest thou?’


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 14: AII, 502, BII, 548, Skald II, 300, NN §1712A; Kahle 1898, 81.


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