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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Pét 42VII

David McDougall (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Pétrsdrápa 42’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 833-4.

Anonymous PoemsPétrsdrápa

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Fótr hnögg föðurins sæta;
fagnaðr jókz af magni
oss, þvíað vára* vissi
valdr breyskleika aldar.
Neitar nafn fyr ótta
nauðigur sitt dauðans;
orð guðs — ambátt spurði —
angrs varð framm að ganga.

Fótr föðurins sæta hnögg; fagnaðr jókz oss af magni, þvíað {valdr aldar} vissi vára* breyskleika. Nauðigur neitar sitt nafn fyr ótta dauðans; ambátt spurði; orð guðs angrs varð að ganga framm.
‘The foot of the beloved father stumbled; joy was increased mightily for us, because the ruler of mankind [= God (= Christ)] knew our frailties. Reluctant, he denies his name out of fear of death; the maidservant asked; the word of God’s sorrow [i.e. Christ’s sad prediction] had to be fulfilled.

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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 42: AII, 506, BII, 555, Skald II, 304, NN §1744; Kahle 1898, 87.


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