Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mdr 39VII l. 2

dags — day

lemma:

dagr (noun m.; °-s, dat. degi/dag/dagi(Thom¹ 332¹‡n.); -ar): day < dagsbrún (noun f.): °red light of dawn, first light of day, dawn

readings:

[2] dagsbrún: so 399a‑bˣ, ‘dags[...]’ B, ‘da(g)s bru[...]’(?) BRydberg, ‘dag[...]r[...]’ BFJ

notes:

[2-3] ljós* dagsbrún ins fagra heims ‘shining daybreak of the beautiful world’: This striking epithet for the Virgin Mary is one of many comparing her to sources of light, often heavenly bodies (cf. Schottmann 1973, 34-46). However, as Schottmann also remarks (1973, 36-7) the characterisation of Mary as dagsbrún, that is, the first streak of daylight between the end of night and the beginning of morning, has a special Christian significance, because it symbolises her role as the dawn before the coming of the true light, Jesus Christ, before whom the night of spiritual darkness will disappear.

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