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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Pét 26VII

David McDougall (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Pétrsdrápa 26’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 818-19.

Anonymous PoemsPétrsdrápa

text and translation

Sjau sinnum bauð sanna
sök meingerðum aukinn
Pétro löst fyrirláta
lofta gramr eða oftar.
Satt kvaz segja drottinn
sínum vin og tínir:
‘Sjautigum sakar eigi
sjau sinnum þier minniz!’

{Gramr lofta} bauð Pétro fyrirláta sanna sök, löst aukinn meingerðum, sjau sinnum eða oftar. Drottinn kvaz segja satt sínum vin og tínir: ‘Sjautigum sinnum sjau minniz þier eigi sakar!’
‘The king of heavens [= God (= Christ)] commanded Peter to forgive a true offence, a sin augmented by injuries, seven times or more often. The Lord said that he spoke the truth to his friend and declares: ‘Seventy times seven [times] be not mindful of an offence!’

notes and context

Cf. Pétr 9/2-5: þa spurði Petrus hvart naunginum væri fyrirlatanda .vii. sinnum þat sem hann misgerði. En guðs son sagði fyrirlatanda .vii. tigum sinna .vii. sinnum ‘Then Peter asked whether a neighbour was to be forgiven seven times for that which he did wrong. But the son of God said it is to be forgiven seventy times seven times.’; Matt. XVIII.21-2: Tunc accedens Petrus ad eum dixit Domine quotiens peccabit in me frater meus et dimittam ei usque septies? dicit illi Iesus non dico tibi usque septies sed usque septuagies septies.‘Then came Peter unto him and said: Lord, how often shall my brother offend against me, and I shall forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith to him: I say not to thee, till seven times; but till seventy times seven times.’



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 26: AII, 504, BII, 551, Skald II, 302; Kahle 1898, 83, 110.


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