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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Pét 40VII

David McDougall (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Pétrsdrápa 40’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 830-1.

Anonymous PoemsPétrsdrápa

text and translation

Vildi hlýðni halda
háleitr trúar veitir
enn og mála minniz
meistara síns í freistni.
Gietr sieð við sútum,
— svá unni lífs brunni
heitt — á sár, þau er settu
sárleitir guði várum.

{Háleitr veitir trúar} vildi enn halda hlýðni og minniz í freistni mála meistara síns. Gietr sieð við sútum, á sár, þau er sárleitir settu várum guði; svá heitt unni brunni lífs.
‘The sublime dispenser of faith [APOSTLE] still wished to practise obedience and in temptation remembers the words of his master. He is not able to guard against sorrows, to look upon those wounds which the cruel ones inflicted on our God; so ardently did he love the well of life.

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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 40: AII, 506, BII, 554, Skald II, 304, NN §§1741, 2881, 2882; Kahle 1898, 87.


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