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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to Anon Heildr 3VII

[5-8] hefr grænkat geðfjöll snjöllu liði blómi siðferðar ‘has made green the mind-mountains for wise people with the bloom of moral conduct’: Morally upright behaviour is often described as the ‘fruit’ of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament (see, for example, Gal. V.22-3; Phil. I.11; Col. I.10; Jas III.17). It is interesting to compare the Postcommunion Sentence of the Mass for Pentecost: Sancti Spiritus, Domine, corda nostra mundet infusio: et sui roris intima aspersione fœcundet ‘May the infusion of the Holy Spirit purify our hearts, O Lord, and make them fruitful by the inward sprinkling of His heavenly dew’ (Lefebure 1924, 970).


  1. Bibliography
  2. Lefebure, Dom Gaspar. 1924. Daily Missal with Vespers for Sundays and Feasts. London: Caldwell.


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