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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Pét 17VII

David McDougall (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Pétrsdrápa 17’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 810.

Anonymous PoemsPétrsdrápa

text and translation

Satt er, að sína rietti
— svá greiniz — guð hreina
hönd og hjálpir sendi
hirðmanni Krists sannar.
Lyftu, og lietu eftir,
listarför með Kristi,
veiðifaung sem váðir
vát segl þar með báti.

Satt er, að guð rietti sína hreina hönd og sendi sannar hjálpir {hirðmanni Krists} — svá greiniz. Lyftu listarför með Kristi, og lietu eftir veiðifaung sem váðir, vát segl þar með báti.
‘It is true that God extended his pure hand and sent true help to the retainer of Christ [APOSTLE = Peter] — so it is told. They began their glorious journey with Christ and left behind their catch as well as their clothes [and] wet sails there with the boat.

notes and context

[1-4]: Cf. Pétr 5/8-9: Jesus retti þa sina signaðu hond i mot honum ok reisti hann upp ‘Jesus then stretched out his blessed hand towards him and raised him up’; Matt. XIV.31. St. 16/5-8 and st. 17/1-4 may originally have formed one st. (see next Note). — [5-8]: Cf. Pétr 4/4-6: Þeir fyrirletu þegar netin ok batinn fylgiandi honum með o᷎llu þaðan af ‘They immediately abandoned the nets and the boat, following him completely from then onward’; Matt. IV.20: at illi continuo relictis retibus secuti sunt eum ‘and they immediately leaving their nets, followed him’. This helmingr looks as though it should follow st. 15.


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 17: AII, 503, BII, 549, Skald II, 301, NN §58B; Kahle 1898, 82.


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