Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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7. Anonymous Poems, Drápa af Máríugrát, 43 [Vol. 7, 789]

[8] bærðiz ‘[he] stirred, moved’: An emendation proposed by Finnur Jónsson (Skj B) for 713’s hræddumz ‘I feared’, which leaves the l. without internal rhyme and with an illicit double h- alliteration. Bærðiz is taken with meistari alls ‘the master of the universe’ (l. 7). Skald supplies hrærðumz ‘I moved’, implying that Mary felt the motion of the unborn child (see NN §2694; Sperber 1911, 76).


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