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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Pét 53VII

David McDougall (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Pétrsdrápa 53’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 843-4.

Anonymous PoemsPétrsdrápa

text and translation

Tábíta frú fljótan
fann dauða, það snauðum
öllum sárt nam svella
senn fyr missi þenna.
Joppen hrósar happi,
háleitr að guð veitir;
syngr hon lof fyrir leingi;
líf gaf Pétrus vífi.

Frú Tábíta fann fljótan dauða, það öllum snauðum nam svella sárt senn fyr þenna missi. Joppen hrósar happi, að háleitr guð veitir; leingi syngr hon lof fyrir; Pétrus gaf líf vífi.
‘The lady Tabitha met a sudden death, so that all the poor did grievously swell with sorrow at once over this loss. Joppa exults over the blessing which sublime God grants; she [the city] long sings praise for [that]; Peter gave life to the woman.

notes and context

Cf. Acts IX.36-42; Pétr 40/10-1/10; [Pseudo-] Petrus Comestor, Historia actuum apostolorum, ch. 45, col. 1674.


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 53: AII, 508, BII, 557, Skald II, 305; Kahle 1898, 90.


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