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VII. Plácitusdrápa (Pl) - 59

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Plácitusdrápa (‘Drápa about S. Eustace’) — Anon PlVII

Jonna Louis-Jensen and Tarrin Wills 2007, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Plácitusdrápa’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 179-220.

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Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XII]: G [1]. Plácítúsdrápa, Digt fra det 12. årh. (AI, 607-18, BI, 606-22)

SkP info: VII, 182

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1 — Anon Pl 1VII

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Cite as: Jonna Louis-Jensen and Tarrin Wills (eds) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Plácitusdrápa 1’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 182.

... gengit,
fjǫrnis valdr kvað foldar
frægr: ‘nú mun þér lægjask.
Mjúks, skalt mannraun slíka,
morðlinns boði, finna
— vestu í frægri freistni
framr — sem Jób inn gamli’.

 

...gone, {the renowned ruler {of the helmet of the earth}} [SKY/HEAVEN > = God] spoke: ‘now you will be humbled. {Messenger {of the smooth battle-serpent}}, [SWORD > WARRIOR] you will undergo such an ordeal as Job the old [did]; be bold in a trial [which will be] famous.

notes: The beginning of the poem must have introduced Plácitus as a righteous pagan in the service of the Emperor Trajan, and told of the stag hunt that Plácitus and other men undertook, during which he became isolated from the others and confronted a hart larger than the rest of the herd with a crucifix between its horns, which revealed itself as a manifestation of Christ. In the prose texts, Christ’s indication that Plácitus must be tried like Job comes after his baptism and his return to meet the Christ-hart for a second time (see sts 7-10).

editions: Skj Anonyme digte og vers [XII]: G [1]. Plácítúsdrápa 1 (AI, 607; BI, 606-7); Skald I, 295; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1833, 11, 39, Finnur Jónsson 1887, 230, Louis-Jensen 1998, 93.

sources

AM 673 b 4° (673b) 1r, 1 - 1r, 4 (Pl)  transcr.  image  image  image  image  image  image  image  image  image  image  image  image  image  image  image  image  
AM 673 b 4° (673bÞH) 39 - 39  transcr.  
AM 673 b 4° (673bHE) 39 - 39  transcr.  
AM 673 b 4° (673bFJ) 214 - 214  transcr.  
AM 673 b 4° (673bSkj) -  
AM 673 b 4° (673bJH) -  
AM 673 b 4° (673bJLJ) -  transcr.  
AM 673 b 4° (673bTW) -  transcr.  
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