David McDougall (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Pétrsdrápa 2’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 798.
Persónum guð greiniz
(gleðz) senn og einn þrennum
— faðir gat son án sáði —
(sanndeildr heilagr andi).
Þenna en aungvan annan
öld trúir guð í völdum
heims og allra beima.
Guð greiniz senn einn og þrennum persónum; faðir gat son án sáði; sanndeildr heilagr andi gleðz. Öld trúir þenna guð en aungvan annan í völdum hæstra himnavista, heims og allra beima.
God is distinguished at once as one and in three persons; the Father begot the Son without seed; the truly shared Holy Spirit rejoices. Mankind believes this God and no other to have control of the highest abodes of the heavens, the world and all men.
Mss: 621(57v) (Pétr)
Readings:  heilagr: helgr 621  trúir: om. 621  hæstra: hæsta 621
Notes: [2-4]: Kock (NN §1709; Skald II) takes senn with the intercalary cl.: ‘the Holy Spirit rejoices at the same time’ (i.e. with the Father and the Son, as part of the Holy Trinity). —  sanndeildr ‘truly shared’: I.e. which truly shares in the threefold nature of the Godhead. Finnur Jónsson (LP: sanndeildr) notes that the word may alternatively mean ‘distributed, given in truth’ and allude to the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit (Isa. XI.2-3), or to the descent of the Holy Ghost upon the Apostles at Pentecost (Acts II.1-18). — : Cf. st. 23/7-8. — : Both Kahle (1898, 78) and Finnur Jónsson (Skj A) read: ‘o᷎lld gud j vero᷎lldum’. Since the helmingr lacks a verb, Finnur (Skj B) emends to ǫld trúir guð verǫldum (omitting prep. í) ‘mankind believes [him to be] God for worlds’. Kock (NN §1710) accepts the addition of the verb, but argues that í verǫldum must be a scribal error for í vǫldum ‘in power, control’ (of something + gen.). This would, in fact, appear to be the actual ms. reading (veröldum also being unmetrical), since the flourish over the v in ‘vo᷎lldum’ is more likely a finial like that on the v in var at st. 1/7 than an abbreviation mark for -er-. With the aðalhending cf., e.g., Sturl Hrafn 6/6II.
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