Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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7. Anonymous Poems, Máríuvísur I, 2 [Vol. 7, 680]

[6] sætt hreinlífið ‘sweet virtuousness’: This nominal phrase is either nom. or acc. In the present edn, it is treated as a form of address, referring back to S. Andrew in the previous helmingr (see NN §1679; Sperber 1911, 56). Skj B takes it as an embedded cl. with a suppressed verb ‘to be’ referring to the Virgin: hun er den søde kyskhed selv ‘she is blessed virtuousness itself’.


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