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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Pét 18VII

David McDougall (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Pétrsdrápa 18’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 810-11.

Anonymous PoemsPétrsdrápa

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Fylgir himna helgum
hilmi fríður síðan
postuli; prýðir lista
Pétr sannliga mietraz;
Festi hann allar ástir
ielranns við kóng sannan;
varð því valdr af gjörðum
váttr guðdómsins mátta.

Síðan fylgir fríður postuli {helgum hilmi himna}; Pétr mietraz sannliga {prýðir lista}. Festi hann allar ástir við {sannan kóng {ielranns}}; því varð af gjörðum valdr váttr guðdómsins mátta.
‘Thereafter, the glorious Apostle follows the holy king of the heavens [= God (= Christ)]; Peter is truly deemed an adorner of virtues [HOLY MAN]. He fixed all his affections on the true king of the storm-house [SKY/HEAVEN > = God (= Christ)]; therefore he became through his deeds the chosen witness of the Godhead’s powers.

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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 18: AII, 503, BII, 549, Skald II, 301, NN §§1712C, 1720; Kahle 1898, 82, 110.


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