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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Pét 29VII

David McDougall (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Pétrsdrápa 29’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 821.

Anonymous PoemsPétrsdrápa

text and translation

Víst trú varðmaðr lýsti
várr, er giekk á bárum;
ván tárblómguð vænust
varð yfir neiting harðri.
Ást, þóað andar misti,
ítr kvaz mundu níta
aldri skýja skjaldar
skjöldungi þegn jungum.

Víst lýsti várr varðmaðr trú, er giekk á bárum; vænust ván varð tárblómguð yfir harðri neiting. Ítr þegn kvaz aldri mundu níta ást {jungum skjöldungi {skjaldar skýja}}, þóað andar misti.
‘Certainly our guardian showed faith when he walked on the waves; most promising hope became adorned with tears on account of hard denial. The glorious man said that he would never deny his love for the young king of the shield of the clouds [SUN > = God (= Christ)], though he should lose his life.

notes and context

[5-8]: Cf. Pétr 12/13-14: Eigi mun ek neita [var. níta] þer, ef mer verðr auðit at deyia með þer ‘I shall not deny you, if it falls to my lot to die with you’; Matt. XXVI.35: etiam si oportuerit me mori tecum non te negabo ‘Yea, though I should die with thee, I will not deny thee’.



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 29: AII, 504, BII, 552, Skald II, 302, NN §§1729, 1730, 1731, 2997C; Kahle 1898, 84, 110.


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