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Anon Pl 6VII

Jonna Louis-Jensen and Tarrin Wills (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Plácitusdrápa 6’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 185-6.

Anonymous PoemsPlácitusdrápa

text and translation

Snjallr gat ǫrr frá illu
Evstákíus vaknat;
kvôn réð þegns at þjóna
Þéopista vel Kristi.
Ungr nam atferð drengja
Ágapítus fága,
þýðr né þengils lýða
Þéopistus trú missti.

Snjallr Evstákíus gat ǫrr vaknat frá illu; þegns kvôn, Þéopista, réð at þjóna vel Kristi. Ungr Ágapítus nam fága atferð drengja, né missti þýðr Þéopistus trú {þengils lýða}.
‘Brave Eustace was able to wake, prompt, from evil; the man’s wife, Theopista, undertook to serve Christ well. Young Agapitus began to cultivate the behaviour of good men, nor did the mild Theopistus lack faith in the ruler 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 6: AI, 608, BI, 608, Skald I, 296, NN §§2970E, 3133B; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1833, 13, 41, Finnur Jónsson 1887, 231, Louis-Jensen 1998, 96.


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