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VII. Pétrsdrápa (Pét) - 54

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Pétrsdrápa (‘Drápa about the Apostle Peter’) — Anon PétVII

David McDougall 2007, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Pétrsdrápa’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 796-844.

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Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV]: [B. 7]. En drape om apostlen Peder, Pétrsdrápa (AII, 500-8, BII, 545-58)

SkP info: VII, 835

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44 — Anon Pét 44VII

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Cite as: David McDougall (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Pétrsdrápa 44’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 835.

Lítr á sitt, og sýtir,
sár neitingar, tárum
beiskum; beygir röskvan
bland iðranar vandað.
Grátrinn græddi Pétrum;
— guð veldr — líkt sem í eldi
skærr af skugga fyrri
skein sem gullið hreina.

Lítr á sitt sár neitingar og sýtir beiskum tárum; vandað bland iðranar beygir röskvan. Grátrinn græddi Pétrum; guð veldr; skein sem gullið hreina, líkt sem skærr í eldi af fyrri skugga.

He looks at his wound of denial and grieves with bitter tears; a careful mixture of repentance overcomes the valiant man. The weeping healed Peter; God causes [that]; he shone like the pure gold, as if purified in fire from the former shadow.

Mss: 621(59v)

Readings: [1] sýtir: ‘sytir’ corrected from ‘sytr’ 621    [3] röskvan: ‘ʀeyskuan’ 621

Editions: Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV], [B. 7]. En drape om apostlen Peder 44: AII, 506-7, BII, 555, Skald II, 304, NN §1746; Kahle 1898, 88, 111.

Notes: [3, 2] beiskum tárum ‘with bitter tears’: Cf. Pétr 14/24: gret beiskliga ‘wept bitterly’; Matt. XXVI.75: ploravit amare ‘he wept bitterly’; Luke XXII.62: flevit amare ‘he wept bitterly’. (See Note to st. 40/3-4.) — [3] röskvan ‘the valiant man’: Ms. ‘ʀeyskuan’ (influenced by -ey- in preceding beygir?). — [6] guð veldr ‘God causes [that]’: Kock (NN §1746) would substitute an otherwise unattested cpd *góðveldr, to be read in apposition with skærr (l. 7). To this nonce-cpd he assigns the meaning luttrad ‘purified’ (as if from góðr ‘good’ and p.p. of vella ‘to seethe, boil’, hence ‘made good by being smelted/refined in a crucible’?). The forms guð and góð- are not, however confused elsewhere in the ms. (guð is regularly abbreviated, góð- never is), and Finnur Jónsson’s interpretation of the ms. reading as an intercalary cl. makes adequate sense without emendation.

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