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Anon Pét 21VII

David McDougall (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Pétrsdrápa 21’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 813-14.

Anonymous PoemsPétrsdrápa
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text and translation

Rennr að græðis grunni
greiddur vaðr, sem beiddi,
út yfir borð af báti,
bragningr salar vagna.
Fann í fisksins munni
fie lærisveinn skærast;
geldr í skatt án skyldu
skjótt fyr sig og dróttin.

Greiddur vaðr rennr út yfir borð af báti að græðis, grunni sem {bragningr {salar vagna}} beiddi. Lærisveinn fann skærast fie í munni fisksins; án skyldu geldr skjótt í skatt fyr sig og dróttin.
 
‘The paid-out fishing-line runs out over the side of the boat to the ocean’s bottom as the king of the hall of the wagons [SKY/HEAVEN > = God (= Christ)] bade. The disciple found the very bright money in the mouth of the fish; without obligation he pays [it] at once in tax for himself and the Lord.

notes and context

Cf. Matt. XVII.23-6; Pétr 8/6-23. — [5-8]: Cf. Pétr 8/20-3: Petrus for ok dro fiskinn ok fann ... silfr ... i hans munni, ok lauk þat skattheimtandum fyrir varn herr ok sik. ‘Peter went and pulled in the fish and found ... silver ... in its mouth, and paid that to the tax-gatherers for our Lord and himself.’

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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 XIV], [B. 7]. En drape om apostlen Peder 21: AII, 503, BII, 550, Skald II, 301, NN §1712A; Kahle 1898, 82-3.

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