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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Pét 35VII

David McDougall (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Pétrsdrápa 35’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 826-7.

Anonymous PoemsPétrsdrápa

text and translation

Lítilæti fann flýtir
fyst, það er horfa lystir
höfði að jörð og hafði,
himiríkis, kvöl slíka.
Skínn fyr skuggsjón hreinni
skuggalausa* huggan
andi hans, án enda,
eilífr, að guð hlífir.

{Flýtir himiríkis} fann fyst lítilæti, það er lystir horfa höfði að jörð, og hafði slíka kvöl. Skuggalausa* huggan skínn fyr hreinni skuggsjón, eilífr andi hans, að guð hlífir án enda.
‘The promoter of heaven [APOSTLE = Peter] first found that humility, by which he desires to turn his head to the earth, and he had such a torment. [This] shadow-free consolation shines before a pure mirror, his eternal soul which God protects without end.

notes and context

[1-4]: Finnur Jónsson’s emendation of ms. lítilæti to lítilætis, and ms. himirrikis to himinríki is unnecessary and produces awkward sense. Cf. Skj B: Ydmyghedens befordrer fandt ... en sådan kval, idet han lyster at vende hovedet nedad mod jorden og fik himmerig ‘The promoter of humility found ... such a torment, in that he desires to turn his head down towards the earth and obtained heaven’. The interpretation given here follows NN §1737. — [5-7]: Finnur Jónsson translates (Skj B): hans sjæl skinner i et skyggefrit spejl med en ren trøst uden ende ‘his soul shines in a shadow-free mirror with a pure solace without end’. The less convoluted syntax of Kock’s interpretation (NN §1738) is followed 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 35: AII, 505, BII, 553, Skald II, 303, NN §§1737, 1738, 3397; Kahle 1898, 85-6, 111.


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