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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Pét 51VII

David McDougall (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Pétrsdrápa 51’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 841-2.

Anonymous PoemsPétrsdrápa

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Vekr, á síðu sækir
sannleiks Pétrum, þannveg,
lýstr, en báðir bresta
brátt sundr fjötrar, dundu.
Flytr með fagnað brautu
fljótt eingill hjálp meingis,
myrkvastofa að merkiz
morni læst in forna.

{Sækir sannleiks} lýstr Pétrum á síðu, vekr þannveg, en báðir fjötrar bresta brátt sundr, dundu. Eingill flytr {hjálp meingis} brautu fljótt með fagnað, að morni merkiz in forna myrkvastofa læst.
‘The seeker of truth [ANGEL] strikes Peter on the side, wakes him that way, and both fetters instantly break asunder; they clattered down. The angel conveys the help of the multitude [APOSTLE] away quickly with joy, so that in the morning the ancient prison is found locked.

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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 51: AII, 507, BII, 557, Skald II, 305, NN §1755; Kahle 1898, 89, 112.


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