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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mdr 17VII/4 — o ‘the word’

Fagnaðu, mær af megni
miskunnar fullrunnin;
dýr, gaztu orð af orði,
o guðs og bart* forðum.
Fagnaðu, jörð, því að orðin
alfrjávuð* fekkt hávan
lífs ávöxt og leyfðan
leyndardóma blóma.

Fagnaðu, mær, fullrunnin af megni miskunnar; dýr, gaztu orð af orði, og bart* forðum o guðs. Fagnaðu, jörð, því að orðin alfrjávuð* fekkt hávan ávöxt lífs og leyfðan blóma leyndardóma.

Rejoice, maiden, overflowing with the power of mercy; precious one, you conceived the word from the word, and once bore the word of God [= Christ]. Rejoice, earth, since, grown fully ripe, you received the high fruit of life [= Christ] and the praised flower of mysteries [= Christ].


[4] o: ‘[...]’ B, BRydberg, BFJ, ‘oṛð̣’ 399a‑bˣ



case: acc.


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