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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Pét 52VII

David McDougall (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Pétrsdrápa 52’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 842-3.

Anonymous PoemsPétrsdrápa

Giekk að nóni nökkur,
nær miskunnar tærir
mustari; mann sá næsta*
meiddan; fjár sier beiddi.
‘Penning ág til aungvan,
auðsýtir, þier býta;
vertu heill’, kvað hittir
heiðrs jafn, ‘í guðs nafni’.

Að nóni giekk {tærir miskunnar} nökkur nær mustari; sá næsta* meiddan mann; beiddi fjár sier. ‘Ág aungvan penning til, {auðsýtir}, býta þier; vertu heill í guðs nafni’, kvað {jafn hittir heiðrs}.

At the ninth hour {the giver of mercy} [APOSTLE] walked somewhere near the temple; he saw a severely maimed man [who] asked for money for himself. ‘I have no coin, {wealth-yearner} [POOR MAN], to give you; be well in God’s name’, said {the righteous finder of glory} [APOSTLE].

Mss: 621(59v)

Readings: [3] næsta*: næstan 621    [5] aungvan: ‘o᷎ngan’ 621    [8] heiðrs: heiðrir 621

Editions: Skj AII, 508, Skj BII, 557, Skald II, 305, NN §2885; Kahle 1898, 89-90, 112.

Notes: [All]: Cf. Pétr 24/1-9: Á nauckurum degi bar sva til, at þeir Petrus ok Johannes gengu til musteris at noni dags ... Sa þeir við þat musterisport, er Aurea er kallat ... einn halltan mann, þann sem glosa segir meirr lama verit hafa; hann sat ok bað olmosu af þeim sem inn gengu i musterit. Petrus mællti þa við hann: ‘Lit þu ꜳ, at ver ho᷎fum ecki fe við ho᷎nd þer at veita, en þat sem ek hefi til, gef ek þer. I nafni Jesu Nazareni ris upp ok gack!’ ‘On a certain day it so happened that Peter and John went to the temple at the ninth hour of the day ... Beside that gate of the temple which is called Golden they saw ... a certain lame man, whom the Gloss says rather was paralysed. He sat and asked alms of those who went into the temple. Peter then said to him: “Observe that we have no money to hand to give you, but that which I have, I give to you. In the name of Jesus of Nazareth, rise up and walk!”’; [Pseudo-] Petrus Comestor, Historia actuum apostolorum, ch. 17, col. 1655; cf. Acts III.1-6. — [3] næsta* ‘severely’: Ms. ‘næstan’. See Blöndal: næsta. — [7] vertu ... hittir ‘be ... finder’: On the grounds that the l. lacks internal rhyme, Kock (NN §2885) proposes substituting sittu ‘sit’ for vertu. However, apart from the fact that that imp. would provide aðalhending rather than the expected skothending, the choice of verb is hardly felicitous in the context (cf. Acts III.6: surge et ambula ‘arise and walk’; Pétr 24/9: ris upp ok gack! ‘rise up, and walk!’). With skothending of vert- : hitt- cf. st. 12/1. — [8] heiðrs ‘of glory’: Ms. ‘heidrir’. With Finnur Jónsson’s emendation, hittir heiðrs (Skj B), cf. LP: dáð- / dyrðhittir; Meissner, 388-91.


  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. Meissner = Meissner, Rudolf. 1921. Die Kenningar der Skalden: Ein Beitrag zur skaldischen Poetik. Rheinische Beiträge und Hülfsbücher zur germanischen Philologie und Volkskunde 1. Bonn and Leipzig: Schroeder. Rpt. 1984. Hildesheim etc.: Olms.
  6. LP = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1931. Lexicon poeticum antiquæ linguæ septentrionalis: Ordbog over det norsk-islandske skjaldesprog oprindelig forfattet af Sveinbjörn Egilsson. 2nd edn. Copenhagen: Møller.
  7. Kahle, Bernhard, ed. 1898. Isländische geistliche Dichtungen des ausgehenden Mittelalters. Heidelberg: Winter.

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