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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Pét 46VII

David McDougall (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Pétrsdrápa 46’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 837-8.

Anonymous PoemsPétrsdrápa

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Leitar lífs á brautir
lærisveinn að næra
sína önd og sýnir
sæmiligust oss dæmi.
Gleðr því gramr í hljóði
glyggranns brjóstið * hryggva,
(fystum) harmi og hæstum
hirt (kallmanna birtiz).

Lærisveinn leitar á brautir lífs að næra sína önd og sýnir oss sæmiligust dæmi. Því gleðr {gramr {glyggranns}} í hljóði brjóstið hryggva og hirt hæstum harmi; birtiz fystum kallmanna.
‘The disciple seeks after the paths of life to nourish his soul, and shows us the finest examples. Therefore the king of the storm-house [SKY/HEAVEN > = God (= Christ)] gladdens in silence his breast, sorrowful and castigated with the deepest grief; he reveals himself [to him] first among males.

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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 46: AII, 507, BII, 556, Skald II, 304, NN §1748; Kahle 1898, 88, 111.


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