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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Pét 19VII

David McDougall (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Pétrsdrápa 19’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 811-12.

Anonymous PoemsPétrsdrápa

text and translation

Hóf á fjallið háva
hýrr dagbrauta stýrir
postula Pétr og lýsti
part eilífra skarta.
Ásjónu guðs sýnir
sól bjartari góligr
sonr — gleði var sveinum —
snjó hvítari líta*.

{Hýrr stýrir {dagbrauta}} hóf Pétr postula á fjallið háva og lýsti part eilífra skarta. {Góligr sonr guðs} sýnir ásjónu bjartari sól, hvítari snjó líta*; gleði var sveinum.
‘The glad ruler of the day-paths [SKY/HEAVEN > = God (= Christ)] raised the Apostle Peter up onto the high mountain and showed him a portion of eternal splendours. The glorious son of God [= Christ] shows a face brighter than the sun, whiter than snow to behold; there was joy among the disciples.

notes and context

Cf. the scriptural accounts of the Transfiguration of Christ at Matt. XVII.1-13, Mark IX.2-13, Luke IX.28-36, 2 Pet. I.16-18, and Pétr 6/32-7/5.



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 19: AII, 503, BII, 549, Skald II, 301; Kahle 1898, 82.


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