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Anon Líkn 48VII/2 — muntat ‘will not’

Bæn heyr, bragningr, mína,
bila muntat þú vilja
veita vægð at móti,
veðrskríns, lofi þínu.
Sjálfr eggjar þú seggja
sveit á þik at heita
(þat viðr), gumna gætir,
(gerbænan mik) hverja.

Bragningr veðrskríns, heyr mína bæn; þú muntat vilja bila veita vægð at móti lofi þínu. Sjálfr eggjar þú hverja seggja sveit at heita á þik, gumna gætir; þat viðr mik gerbænan.

King of the storm-shrine [HEAVEN > = God], hear my prayer; you will not desire to fail to grant mercy in return for praise of you [lit. your praise]. You yourself urge each host of men to call upon you, guardian of men [= God]; that makes me prayer-eager.

readings

[2] muntat: munat B, 399a‑bˣ

notes

[2] muntat ‘will not’: The ms. form ‘munat’ is unmetrical, because it would resolve under full stress. Therefore the older form munt-at with long syllable in the second metrical position must be adopted.

grammar

Verbs: Preterite-present verbs

The present tense of these verbs is like the past tense of strong verbs, and their past tense is weak.

eigamegakunnaskulumunumuna
indic.
pres.
sing.


pl.
1st
2nd
3rd
1st
2nd
3rd
á
átt
á
eigum
eiguð
eigu

mátt

megum
meguð
megu
kann
kannt
kann
kunnum
kunnuð
kunnu
skal
skalt
skal
skulum
skuluð
skulu
mun
munt
mun
munum
munuð
munu
man
mant
man
munum
munið
muna
indic. past stem
subj. pres. stem
subj. past stem
átt-
eig-
ætt-
mátt-
meg-
mætt-
kunn-
kunn-
kynn-
skyld-
skyl-
skyld-
mund-
myn-
mynd-
mund-
mun-
mynd-
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