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Anon Lil 67VII

Martin Chase (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Lilja 67’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 639.

Anonymous PoemsLilja
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sunnudag ‘on a Sunday’

sunnudagr (noun m.): Sunday

[2] sunnudag: á sunnudag 99a, 705ˣ, sunnudaginn Vb, 41 8°ˣ

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og ‘and’

3. ok (conj.): and, but; also

[2] og gjörði kunnan: so 99a, 622, 713, Vb, 41 8°ˣ, 705ˣ, 4892, om. Bb

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gjörði ‘made’

1. gera (verb): do, make

[2] og gjörði kunnan: so 99a, 622, 713, Vb, 41 8°ˣ, 705ˣ, 4892, om. Bb

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kunnan ‘known’

kunnr (adj.): known (?)

[2] og gjörði kunnan: so 99a, 622, 713, Vb, 41 8°ˣ, 705ˣ, 4892, om. Bb

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ódauðleik ‘immortality’

ódauðleikr (noun m.): [immortality]

[3] ódauðleik: ódauðleika 4892

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manni ‘a man’

maðr (noun m.): man, person

[3] manni: mönnum 622, Vb, 41 8°ˣ, 4892

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mildin ‘goodness’

mildi (noun f.): generosity, mercy

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[4] mildin sjálf ‘goodness itself’: The same phrase is used of Mary in 95/2. Its meaning is not specifically theological: the connotations are ‘kindness, clemency, mercy’, and it is used elsewhere to describe motherly love and as a form of address (see Fritzner).

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sjálf ‘itself’

sjalfr (adj.): self

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[4] mildin sjálf ‘goodness itself’: The same phrase is used of Mary in 95/2. Its meaning is not specifically theological: the connotations are ‘kindness, clemency, mercy’, and it is used elsewhere to describe motherly love and as a form of address (see Fritzner).

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þó ‘though’

þó (adv.): though

[4] þó að: þó 99a, er 622, Vb, 41 8°ˣ

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‘’

4. at (conj.): that

[4] þó að: þó 99a, er 622, Vb, 41 8°ˣ

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Tvennar ‘two’

tvennr (adj.): two

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hæfi ‘would raise’

hefja (verb): lift, start

[8] hæfi: hóf 99a, 622, 713, Vb, 41 8°ˣ, 705ˣ, 4892

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[8] hæfi ‘would raise’: The 3rd pers. sg. pres. subj. suggests that the poet regards the Ascension as a matter of belief rather than of historical certainty.

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blóð ‘the blood’

blóð (noun n.; °-s): blood

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[8] blóð ‘blood’: A metonymy for the human body of Jesus. Cf. blóði Máriú ‘Mary’s blood’, used with the same meaning in 31/6, and hold og blóð, það er tókt af móður ‘flesh and blood, which you took from your mother’ 83/6.

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er ‘which’

2. er (conj.): who, which, when

[8] er: om. 99a, Vb, 705ˣ, 4892, hann 713

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tók ‘he took’

2. taka (verb): take

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móður ‘his mother’

móðir (noun f.): mother

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[1-2]: The Sunday Letter tradition represented by Leið celebrates Sunday as the day of the Resurrection; see especially  Leið 31. — [5-6]: A reference to the forty days between the Resurrection and the Ascension of Jesus (Acts I.3).

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