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Anon Pét 30VII

David McDougall (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Pétrsdrápa 30’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 822-3.

Anonymous PoemsPétrsdrápa
293031

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Útan bækr hefir ítra
öll ritninga vitni;
kann því mætr í máta
megnstærir fólk læra.
Breyzku holdi og hetskum
heims stríðandi fjanda
mettaz saðning sætri,
sanndyggr, heilags anda.

Hefir útan bækr öll vitni ítra ritninga; því kann {mætr megnstærir} læra fólk í máta. Sanndyggr stríðandi breyzku holdi og {hetskum fjanda heims} mettaz sætri saðning heilags anda.
 
‘He knows by heart [lit. without books] all the testimonies of glorious scriptures; therefore the excellent increaser of strength [APOSTLE] can instruct people properly. The truly worthy fighter against the frail flesh and the malignant enemy of the world [= Devil] is sated with the sweet feast of the Holy Spirit.

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Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV], [B. 7]. En drape om apostlen Peder 30: AII, 505, BII, 552, Skald II, 302; NN §§1732, 2997C; Kahle 1898, 84, 110.

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