Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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7. Anonymous Poems, Drápa af Máríugrát, 39 [Vol. 7, 786-7]

[3] yndið er líf yðvart með iðran synda ‘the pleasure lies in [lit. is] your life with repentance of sins’: I.e. human pleasure lies in people leading their lives while repenting of their sins. Skj B and Wrightson connect yndið with yðvart ‘your’, while Skald emends to yndigt ‘pleasurable’. The present interpretation avoids the separation of the elements in the syntactic unit líf yðvart ‘your life’. Also note that the l. has aðalhending (-ynd- : -ynd-) rather than skothending.


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