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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Pét 41VII

David McDougall (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Pétrsdrápa 41’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 832-3.

Anonymous PoemsPétrsdrápa

text and translation

Skekr nú ráðs og reikar;
rann með varðhaldsmanni
brott, þvíað ástin ótta
ógnstærðan honum færði.
Böl fyr buðlung sólar
bar stríðandi kvíða
hæst, þó hyrfi í fystu
hann frá vizku sannri.

Nú skekr ráðs og reikar; rann brott með varðhaldsmanni, þvíað ástin færði honum ótta ógnstærðan. {Stríðandi kvíða} bar hæst böl fyr {buðlung sólar}, þó hann hyrfi í fystu frá sannri vizku.
‘Now his resolve is shaken and he falters; he ran away with a watchman, because love induced in him fear magnified by peril. The fighter against anxiety [= Peter] bore the greatest woe for the king of the sun [= God (= Christ)], though he turned at first from true wisdom.

notes and context

This st. should logically come directly after st. 39 (see Introduction and Note to ll. 2-3 below).


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 41: AII, 506, BII, 554-5, Skald II, 304, NN §§1742, 1743; Kahle 1898, 87, 111.


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