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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Pét 33VII

David McDougall (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Pétrsdrápa 33’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 825.

Anonymous PoemsPétrsdrápa

text and translation

Annanías lá inni,
áðr, lífhnugginn náða,
drýgði hann löst í lygðum;
laun kómu sannlig raunar.
Leyndi Saphíra og sýndi
sumt verð akurs skerði*
(riettr dómr hefir dottið)
dress (yfir hjónin þessi).

Annanías lá inni, lífhnugginn náða; áðr drýgði hann löst í lygðum; raunar kómu sannlig laun. Saphíra leyndi og sýndi sumt verð akurs {skerði* dress}; riettr dómr hefir dottið yfir hjónin þessi.
‘Ananias lay indoors, bereft of life’s favours [lit. life-bereft of favours]; previously he had committed sin through falsehoods; fitting retributions came indeed. Sapphira concealed and showed [only] part of the amount for the field to the diminisher of arrogance [HOLY MAN]; a just judgement has fallen upon this married couple.

notes and context

The story of the deception of Ananias and Sapphira and their punishment is told at Acts V.1-11 and Pétr 27/20-8/34. The st. should logically follow st. 52 (see Introduction).



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 33: AII, 505, BII, 553, Skald II, 303, NN §§1735, 3374; Kahle 1898, 85, 111.


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