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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Pét 7VII

David McDougall (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Pétrsdrápa 7’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 802.

Anonymous PoemsPétrsdrápa

text and translation

Virði várar gerðir
valliga, þó halliz
brott af hreinum hætti,
herr, kvæðis að verri.
Þá má hilmi heima
hjálpríkum vel líka;
skýrr og skjótr að heyra
skilr hann hvers manns vilja.

Herr virði várar gerðir valliga, þó brott halliz að verri af hreinum hætti kvæðis. Þá má vel líka {hjálpríkum hilmi heima}; skýrr og skjótr að heyra, skilr hann hvers manns vilja.
‘Let people judge our [my] versifications considerately, even if they deviate for the worse from the pure measure of a poem. Then it may be well pleasing to the help-mighty king of worlds [= God]; knowing and quick to hear, he understands each man’s desire.

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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 7: AII, 501, BII, 546-7, Skald II, 300, NN §1715; Kahle 1898, 79, 109.


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