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Anon Pét 47VII

David McDougall (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Pétrsdrápa 47’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 838.

Anonymous PoemsPétrsdrápa

Þurkar þegn og styrkir
þeingill skýja leingi,
kveðr og kyssir síðan
kátr elsku munn vátan:
‘Feingin er líkn fyr laungu;
lát af, sonr, að gráta!
Enn skalt fótspor finna
flest mín alt í pínu.’

{Þeingill skýja} þurkar þegn og styrkir leingi; kátr elsku kveðr og kyssir síðan munn vátan: ‘Líkn er fyr laungu feingin; lát af að gráta, sonr! Skalt enn finna flest fótspor mín alt í pínu.’

{The king of the clouds} [= God (= Christ)] dries [the eyes of] his follower and encourages him for a long time; joyful with love he greets him and then kisses the mouth wet [with tears]: ‘Mercy has long since been obtained; cease from weeping, my son! You shall yet follow in most of my footsteps all the way to martyrdom.’

Mss: 621(59v)

Readings: [7] Enn: en 621

Editions: Skj AII, 507, Skj BII, 556, Skald II, 305, NN §§1749, 1750; Kahle 1898, 88.

Notes: [4] munn vátan ‘the mouth wet [with tears]’: This interpretation (see NN §1749) is marginally less awkward than Finnur Jónsson’s (Skj B): Þurkar þegn ... vátan: törrer den (gråd)våde mand ‘he dries the man wet (from weeping)’. — [7] skalt enn ‘you shall yet’: Ms. ‘en’. The adv. seems more likely than conj. en in stressed position. Both Skj B and Skald print enn (cf. Skj B: endnu skal du). — [8] alt í pínu ‘all the way to martyrdom’: Finnur Jónsson’s emendation (Skj B) to ǫll, to agree with fótspor (l. 7) is unnecessary (cf. NN §1750).


  1. Bibliography
  2. Skj B = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1912-15b. Den norsk-islandske skjaldedigtning. B: Rettet tekst. 2 vols. Copenhagen: Villadsen & Christensen. Rpt. 1973. Copenhagen: Rosenkilde & Bagger.
  3. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  4. NN = Kock, Ernst Albin. 1923-44. Notationes Norrœnæ: Anteckningar till Edda och skaldediktning. Lunds Universitets årsskrift new ser. 1. 28 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  5. Kahle, Bernhard, ed. 1898. Isländische geistliche Dichtungen des ausgehenden Mittelalters. Heidelberg: Winter.

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