Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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7. Anonymous Poems, Máríudrápa, 24 [Vol. 7, 498-9]

[3] : Some 8 letters are probably lost in B here. Rydberg (1907, 36 n. 10) records that he had once seen traces of an initial <s>, which is not mentioned by any other transcriber. He reconstructs ‘sem frið’, construing konungr hás hreggranns, þú kant at lýsa dáðum hiǫrtu seggia, sem frið dróttning dagstalls (lýsir) veruld alla ‘king of the high stormhouse, you are able to illuminate men’s hearts with deeds, just as the peace-queen of the home of day illuminates the whole world’. Skj B (followed by Skald and Attwood 1996a) reconstructs prýðir 3rd sg. pres. tense of prýða ‘to decorate, adorn, beautify’, of which the subject is drottning dagstalls.


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