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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Pét 43VII

David McDougall (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Pétrsdrápa 43’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 834-5.

Anonymous PoemsPétrsdrápa

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Sárfeinginn hug særir
sótt hjarðreka dróttins;
*eldi í gegn fyr gildan
gleði tárkveiktan steðja.
Ástkennis fyr innan
angr hjartrót*um stangaz,
meistara síns að misti
mætr kinnroða gætir.

Sótt særir sárfeinginn hug {hjarðreka dróttins}; *eldi í gegn fyr gildan {steðja gleði tárkveiktan}. Angr stangaz hjartrót*um {ástkennis} fyr innan, að {mætr gætir kinnroða} misti síns meistara.
‘Anguish afflicts the pain-stricken heart of the shepherd of the Lord [APOSTLE]; it has kindled through and through for the excellent [man] his anvil of joy [which has been] moved to tears [HEART]. Grief pierces the heart-roots of the teacher of love [APOSTLE] inwardly, because the worthy possessor of shame [HOLY MAN] has lost his master.

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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 43: AII, 506, BII, 555, Skald II, 304, NN §§1745, 2883; Kahle 1898, 87, 111.


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