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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Pl 28VII

Jonna Louis-Jensen and Tarrin Wills (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Plácitusdrápa 28’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 199.

Anonymous PoemsPlácitusdrápa

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‘Gjaltat, goð, þótt mæltak,
(gagls leiðar) mér reiði,
(ítrs stillis þarfk allrar
eirar) þurftum fleira.
Sett fyr munn, alls minnumk,
minn, vingjafa þinna,
(veit oss várkunn) dróttinn,
varðhald (konungr aldar).’

‘Gjaltat mér reiði, goð, þótt mæltak þurftum fleira; þarfk allrar eirar {ítrs stillis {leiðar gagls}}. Sett varðhald fyr munn minn, dróttinn, alls minnumk þinna vingjafa; veit oss várkunn, {konungr aldar}.’
‘‘Do not repay me with anger, God, although I spoke more than is necessary; I need all the mercy of the glorious ruler of the path of the goose [SKY/HEAVEN > = God]. Set a watch before my mouth, Lord, since I remember your gifts of friendship; give us [me] pardon, king of mankind [= God].’

notes and context



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 28: AI, 612-13, BI, 614, Skald I, 299, NN §2554; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1833, 22, 50-1, Finnur Jónsson 1887, 236, Louis-Jensen 1998, 106-7.


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