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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Pét 38VII

David McDougall (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Pétrsdrápa 38’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 829.

Anonymous PoemsPétrsdrápa

text and translation

Grípa guð með ópi
griðníðingar síðan;
særðan bundinn börðu;
bar klungr enni sprungið.
Negla Krist með nöglum;
nemr spjót hjarta rótum;
ben náði hans blæða;
blóð fell á kross góðan.

Síðan grípa griðníðingar guð með ópi; börðu særðan, bundinn; sprungið enni bar klungr. Negla Krist með nöglum; spjót nemr hjarta rótum; ben hans náði blæða; blóð fell á góðan kross.
‘Then the truce-breakers seize God with shouting; they beat him wounded, bound; his riven brow bore the thorn[-crown]. They nail Christ with nails; the spear strikes his heart at the roots; his wound did bleed; blood fell on the good Cross.

notes and context

The st. is a catalogue of the ignominies and torments suffered by Christ in the Passion (cf. Matt. XXVII; Mark XV; John XIX; the improperia ‘reproaches’ of the Good Friday Office). The opening ll. look as though they should follow st. 40/7-8. However, the transcriber may perhaps have taken them to refer to the arrest of Christ in Gethsemane, and placed the st. before st. 39 for that reason.



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 38: AII, 506, BII, 554, Skald II, 303, NN §2879; Kahle 1898, 86, 111.


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