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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mv II 15VII/5 — dýr ‘The precious’

Mátti vera miðnótt,
móðir sveins er upp stóð,
og í burtu barn stirt
af börum tók gulls Vör.
Móðurinnar, dís dýr
driftar sá, hvar stóð skrift;
liet hun niðr lítt kát
líkamann við orð slík:

Mátti vera miðnótt, er móðir sveins stóð upp, og Vör gulls tók stirt barn í burtu af börum. Dýr dís driftar sá, hvar skrift móðurinnar stóð; hun liet líkamann niðr, lítt kát, við slík orð:

It must have been midnight when the mother of the boy stood up, and the Vör <goddess> of gold [WOMAN] took the stiff child away from the bier. The precious dís <minor female deity> of the snowdrift [WOMAN] saw where the image of the mother stood; she laid the body down, little cheerful, with these words:




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