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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

7. Anonymous Poems, Lilja, 99 [Vol. 7, 675-6]

[1] af sætu brjósti ‘from a sweet breast’: The phrase is reminiscent of the homily on virtues and vices in HómNo, 4, where the phrase søtre ero brioſte mínu mꜵl þin drótten ‘your speech is sweet to my breast, Lord’ is a confused reference to Ps. CXVIII.103 (quam dulcia faucibus meis eloquia tua super mel ori meo ‘how sweet are thy words to my palate! more than honey to my mouth’) and Prov. XVI.24 (favus mellis verba conposita dulcedo animae et sanitas ossuum ‘Well ordered words are as a honeycomb: sweet to the soul, and health to the bones’). See Note on sæta 60/1.


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