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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Pét 27VII

David McDougall (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Pétrsdrápa 27’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 819-20.

Anonymous PoemsPétrsdrápa

text and translation

Pétrus princeps heitir
postulanna — sannaz
‘Céphás’, þýðiz þvísa
það nafn eða ‘steinn’ — jafnan.
Sælan * sunnu deilir
siðspenni kvað þenna
mest fyr tólf, þá er treysta
trú verk, hluti sterka.

Pétrus heitir jafnan princeps postulanna; sannaz ‘Céphás’, það nafn þýðiz þvísa eða ‘steinn’. {Deilir sunnu} * kvað {þenna siðspenni} sælan mest fyr tólf sterka hluti, þá er treysta trú verk.
‘Peter is always called the prince of Apostles; he is proven [to be] ‘Cephas’, that name is interpreted in this way or ‘stone’. The ruler of the sun [= God (= Christ)] said that this virtue-clasper [APOSTLE] was blessed most for twelve strong things which bolster faithful deeds.

notes and context

[5-6]: Cf. Note to st. 24/1-2 and ms. readings above. Kock (Skald) accepts Finnur Jónsson’s emendation (Skj B) of vera to kvað ‘said’, also adopted here.



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 27: AII, 504, BII, 551, Skald II, 302; Kahle 1898, 84, 110.


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