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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Pl 37VII

Jonna Louis-Jensen and Tarrin Wills (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Plácitusdrápa 37’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 204.

Anonymous PoemsPlácitusdrápa

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Kvaddi krapti prýddan
Krists rǫdd ara nisti:
‘Dýrð hittir þik dróttins
dygg; skal*a þú nú hryggvask.
Tíð kømr, sóknar seiða
sendir, þér at hendi
enn, sús yðr mun finna
auð ok veg fyr nauðir’.

Rǫdd Krists kvaddi {nisti ara}, prýddan krapti: ‘Skal*a þú nú hryggvask; dygg dýrð dróttins hittir þik. Tíð kømr enn at hendi þér, {sendir {seiða sóknar}}, sús mun finna yðr auð ok veg fyr nauðir’.
‘The voice of Christ spoke to the feeder of the eagle [WARRIOR], adorned with power: ‘You shall not now be sorrowful; the noble glory of the Lord will come upon you. The time is yet to come for you, mover of the fish of attack [SWORD > WARRIOR], which will bring you riches and honour instead of affliction’.

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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 [XII], G [1]. Plácítúsdrápa 37: AI, 614, BI, 616, Skald I, 300; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1833, 26, 54, Finnur Jónsson 1887, 239, Louis-Jensen 1998, 111.


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