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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Pl 5VII

Jonna Louis-Jensen and Tarrin Wills (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Plácitusdrápa 5’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 185.

Anonymous PoemsPlácitusdrápa

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Ok bæði hjú blíðan
byskups fund — at mundum
þeim hykk þrifn kómu —
þá nótt með veg sóttu,
ok tveir með þeim þeira
— þýðr gaf lærdóms prýðir
hǫldum hilmis foldar
hirðnǫfn — synir skírðusk.

Ok bæði hjú sóttu þá nótt blíðan fund byskups með veg — hykk þrifn kómu þeim at mundum — ok tveir synir þeira skírðusk með þeim; {þýðr prýðir lærdóms} gaf hǫldum {{foldar hilmis} hirð}nǫfn.
‘And both husband and wife had that night a gracious reception from the bishop with honour — I think good fortune came within their grasp — and their two sons were baptised with them; the kindly adorner of learning [BISHOP] gave the men names of the court of the ruler of the earth [(lit. ‘court-names of the ruler of the earth’) = God > HEAVEN].

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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 5: AI, 608, BI, 607-8, Skald I, 296, NN §1243; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1833, 13, 41, Finnur Jónsson 1887, 231, Louis-Jensen 1998, 95.


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