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Anon Pl 11VII

Jonna Louis-Jensen and Tarrin Wills (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Plácitusdrápa 11’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 189.

Anonymous PoemsPlácitusdrápa

text and translation

Fúss emk fremðar lýsi
fritt, ef þat mák hitta,
— Kristr fremr hodda hristi —
hugblíðum stef smíða.
Hlaut, sás œztr es ýta,
íðn Plácitus fríða;
Evstákíus ævi
albazta sér valði.

Emk fúss smíða {hugblíðum lýsi fremðar} fritt stef, ef mák hitta þat; Kristr fremr {hristi hodda}. Plácitus, sás œztr es ýta, hlaut fríða íðn; Evstákíus valði sér albazta ævi.
‘I am eager to compose an attractive refrain for the gentle illuminator of honour [HONOURABLE MAN = Plácitus], if I may come upon it; Christ promotes the shaker of hoards [GENEROUS MAN]. Plácitus, who is the highest of men, was allotted a glorious task; Eustace chose for himself the very best life.

notes and context

[5-8]: The ll. comprise the first stef.



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 [XII], G [1]. Plácítúsdrápa 11: AI, 609, BI, 609, Skald I, 296-7, NN §§3133B, 3134, 3247; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1833, 15, 44, Finnur Jónsson 1887, 232, Louis-Jensen 1998, 98.


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