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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Pét 5VII

David McDougall (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Pétrsdrápa 5’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 800-1.

Anonymous PoemsPétrsdrápa

text and translation

Nú bið eg dapr af dauða
dáligum mier sálar
miskunnar og mönnum
milding himins gildan.
Guði næst trúast treystir
tárfeld þjóð hans móðir;
hjálp er og heimsins stólpi
hlíf styrk konungr vífa.

Nú, dapr af dauða, bið eg {gildan milding himins} sálar miskunnar dáligum mier og mönnum. Næst guði treystir tárfeld þjóð trúast hans móðir; {konungr vífa} er hjálp, styrk hlíf og stólpi heimsins.
‘Now, downcast on account of death, I ask the excellent king of heaven [= God] for soul’s mercy for wretched me and for men. Next after God the tearful race trusts most faithfully in his mother; the king of women is the help, strong defence and pillar of the world.

notes and context

This st. is copied separately in an C18th(?) hand in the lower margin of fol. 23r. — [1-2]: The prose order and translation here follow NN §1713. Finnur Jónsson (Skj B) takes af dauða dáligum mier together: for mig, syg formedelst døden ‘for me, sick on account of death’.


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 5: AII, 501, BII, 546, Skald II, 299, NN §1713; Konráð Gíslason 1860, 557, Kahle 1898, 79, 109.


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