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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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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

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].

Mss: 673b(1v)

Readings: [3] þjóna: ‘þjono’ 673b    [6] fága: ‘fregia’ 673b

Editions: Skj AI, 608, Skj BI, 608, Skald I, 296, NN §§2970E, 3133B; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1833, 13, 41, Finnur Jónsson 1887, 231, Louis-Jensen 1998, 96.

Notes: [2] Evstákíus ‘Eustace’: Cf. NN §§2970E, 3133B. — [6] fága ‘to cultivate’: Emendation proposed by Finnur Jónsson 1887. Cf. st. 8/3.


  1. Bibliography
  2. Sveinbjörn Egilsson, ed. 1833. Brot af Placidus-drápu. Bessastaðir: Helgi Helgason.
  3. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  4. NN = Kock, Ernst Albin. 1923-44. Notationes Norrœnæ: Anteckningar till Edda och skaldediktning. Lunds Universitets årsskrift new ser. 1. 28 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  5. Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1887. ‘Plácítúsdrápa’. In Opuscula Philologica: Mindre Afhandlinger, 210-64.
  6. Louis-Jensen, Jonna, ed. 1998. ‘Plácitus drápa’. In Tucker 1998, 89-130.

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