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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mdr 20VII/5 — brár ‘shines’

Fagnaðu, mildi megnuð
móðir alls ins góða;
sonr þinn sínum mönnum
setr öllum þig betri.
Þinn brár hljómr á himnum
hljóð yfir allar þjóðar;
frumtígnuð, mátt fagna,
frú mín, lofi þínu.

Fagnaðu, móðir alls ins góða, megnuð mildi; sonr þinn setr þig betri öllum mönnum sínum. Hljómr þinn brár á himnum, hljóð yfir allar þjóðar; frumtígnuð frú mín, mátt fagna lofi þínu.

Rejoice, mother of everything good, strengthened with mercy; your son places you above all his men. Your sound shines in the heavens, your tune over all peoples; my lady, foremost in honour, you can rejoice in your praise.


[5] brár: ‘bra[...]’ B, bráṛ 399a‑bˣ


[5] brár ‘shines’: An uncommon verb, cf. LP: brá(a), which does not cite this example. The only other recorded instance in skaldic verse is Lil 33/4 geislinn brár (for bráir), of a sunbeam shining through glass, a type of the Incarnation. See Note ad loc. Both hljómr (l. 5) and hljóð (l. 6) have a basic sense of ‘sound, tune’, but presumably a secondary sense here of ‘reputation, praise’ (in the form of hymns).



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