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Anon Heildr 16VII

Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Heilags anda drápa 16’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 465-6.

Anonymous PoemsHeilags anda drápa
151617

vér ‘we’

vér (pron.; °gen. vár, dat./acc. oss): we, us, our

notes

[1] vér (1st pers. pl. nom. pron.) ‘we’: Skj B has the 1st pers. dat. sg. pron., mér. This is an obvious mechanical error, and is corrected in the prose arrangement.

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vits ‘of wisdom’

1. vit (noun n.; °-s; -): wisdom, wit; visit

[2] vits brunnr: ‘vizbrunnr’ B

notes

[2] brunnr vits ‘spring of wisdom’: Cf. eilífr ok heilagr brunnr ‘eternal and holy spring’ 12/6, a calque on fons vivus. B’s reading, vizbrunnr, was understood as brunnr vits ‘spring of wisdom’ by Sveinbjörn Egilsson and has been adopted by all subsequent eds.

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brunnr ‘spring’

brunnr (noun m.; °-s, dat. -i; -ar): spring, well

[2] vits brunnr: ‘vizbrunnr’ B

notes

[2] brunnr vits ‘spring of wisdom’: Cf. eilífr ok heilagr brunnr ‘eternal and holy spring’ 12/6, a calque on fons vivus. B’s reading, vizbrunnr, was understood as brunnr vits ‘spring of wisdom’ by Sveinbjörn Egilsson and has been adopted by all subsequent eds.

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föður ‘Father’

faðir (noun m.): father

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í ‘in’

í (prep.): in, into

notes

[3-4] í saðri fylking dýrðar ‘in the true crowd of glory’: Understood here to refer to the Trinity, though a case could be made for a reference to the angel host or the communion of saints.

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fylking ‘crowd’

fylking (noun f.): troop

notes

[3-4] í saðri fylking dýrðar ‘in the true crowd of glory’: Understood here to refer to the Trinity, though a case could be made for a reference to the angel host or the communion of saints.

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saðri ‘the true’

2. sannr (adj.; °-an; compar. -ari, superl. -astr): true

notes

[3-4] í saðri fylking dýrðar ‘in the true crowd of glory’: Understood here to refer to the Trinity, though a case could be made for a reference to the angel host or the communion of saints.

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frið ‘Peace’

friðr (noun m.): peace < friðskýrðr (adj.)

[4] friðskýrðr: so 399a‑bˣ, BFJ, ‘fridsky[...]dr’ B, ‘friðsk(yr)ðr’(?) BRydberg

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skýrðr ‘glorified’

1. skýra (verb): explain, interpret < friðskýrðr (adj.)

[4] friðskýrðr: so 399a‑bˣ, BFJ, ‘fridsky[...]dr’ B, ‘friðsk(yr)ðr’(?) BRydberg

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dýrðar ‘of glory’

dýrð (noun f.; °-ar/-a(NoDipl(1279) 44²ˆ); -ir): glory

notes

[3-4] í saðri fylking dýrðar ‘in the true crowd of glory’: Understood here to refer to the Trinity, though a case could be made for a reference to the angel host or the communion of saints.

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kæran ‘dear’

kærr (adj.; °superl. kǽrstr/kǽrastr): dear

[5] kæran: so 399a‑bˣ, BRydberg, BFJ, ‘ke᷎[...]’ B

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þrifa ‘of well-being’

þrif (noun n.; °; -): prosperity

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allar ‘for all’

allr (adj.): all

[7] allar: so 399a‑bˣ, BRydberg, BFJ, ‘all[...]’ B

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The Lat. text reads: Per te sciamus da patrem / noscamus atque filium / te utriusque spiritum / credamus omni tempore ‘Grant that, through you, we may know the Father, and that we also become acquainted with the Son, and that we may believe in you, spirit of both of them, for all time’.

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