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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Pl 39VII

Jonna Louis-Jensen and Tarrin Wills (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Plácitusdrápa 39’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 205.

Anonymous PoemsPlácitusdrápa

text and translation

Friðbeiðir gefr fríðan
fǫgnuð með sér brǫgnum
hǫppum glæstr, þeims hraustla
hǫrð mein bera á jǫrðu.
Lýtr engla lið ítrum
angrhrjóðanda ok þjóðir;
einn es ǫllu hreinni,
allt gótt sás skóp, dróttinn.

{Friðbeiðir glæstr hǫppum} gefr brǫgnum, þeims bera hǫrð mein hraustla á jǫrðu, fríðan fǫgnuð með sér. Lið engla ok þjóðir lýtr {ítrum angrhrjóðanda}; einn dróttinn, sás skóp allt gótt, es ǫllu hreinni.
‘The peace-promoter, shining with victories [= God], gives men who bear hard suffering bravely on earth glorious joy with him. The band of angels and humankind bows to the glorious sin-destroyer [= God]; the one Lord, who created everything good, is purer than all.

notes and context

[5-8]: Stef 2, cf. st. 32.



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 39: AI, 614, BI, 616-17, Skald I, 300; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1833, 27, 55, Finnur Jónsson 1887, 239, Louis-Jensen 1998, 112.


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